Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Texas infrastructure gets $450M from Union Pacific

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Union Pacific Railroad (UP) has announced a planned private investment of $450 million in Texas' transportation infrastructure. Union Pacific Railroad (UP) has announced a planned private investment of $450 million in Texas' transportation infrastructure. File photo

Union Pacific Railroad (UP) has announced a planned private investment of $450 million in Texas' transportation infrastructure that is intended to improve safety, efficiency and customer service.

 

 

UP noted it builds and maintains its track without relying on taxpayer funding, and its trains reduce traffic on Texas highways. A single UP train can carry up to 300 trucks and move one ton of freight 452 miles on a single gallon of diesel, generating a carbon footprint that is 75 percent less than that of trucks.

The company's anticipated investment is expected to cover several initiatives, including $320 million to maintain the state's railroad track and $94 million to maintain bridges.

Key projects planned for 2018 include:

  • $17 million investment in the rail line between Ranger and Sweetwater to replace 115,469 railroad ties and install 54,273 tons of rock ballast
  • $14 million investment in the rail line between Raymondville and Robstown to replace 116,091 railroad ties and install 72,346 tons of rock ballast

 

The planned capital expenditure is part of the company's ongoing investment strategy. In the past five years, UP said it has invested more than $2.3 billion in Texas's transportation infrastructure.

Earlier this year, UP announced construction on Brazos Yard in Robertson County, Texas. The railroad said its $550 million facility is the largest capital investment in a single facility for the company. It is set for completion in 2020.

"Our targeted investments support customers and enhance our efficiency to deliver the goods American businesses and families use daily," said Brenda Mainwaring, UP's assistant vice president - Public Affairs, Southern Region.

UP expects to spend $3.3 billion across its network this year, the railroad said.