Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Union Pacific capital plan includes $34.1-million investment in Idaho rail infrastructure

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As a part of its $3.1-billion capital plan for 2017, Union Pacific says it will boost safety and efficiency in Idaho with a $34.1-million investment.

The Class 1's investment plan will fund a range of initiatives including $30.2 million to maintain track and $2.1 million to maintain the state's bridges.

Key projects include a $13.3-million investment in the line between Athol and Eastport to replace 29 miles of rail, a $9.9-million investment in the line between Athol and Naples on an infrastructure project to clean and replace ballast and a $1.8-million investment in the line between Athol and Eastport to replace 8,265 crossties.

"Union Pacific's targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across Idaho," said Wes Lujan, Union Pacific vice president – Public Affairs, Western Region. "Maintaining a healthy railroad is the foundation of our ability to serve customers and communities across the state."

Union Pacific's $34.1-million capital expenditure in Idaho is part of an ongoing investment strategy. From 2012 to 2016, Union Pacific invested more than $206 million strengthening Idaho's transportation infrastructure. The company has invested $51 billion since 2000, contributing to a 40-percent decrease in derailments during the same time frame.

Read more about Union Pacific's infrastructure investment plans in Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, Wyoming, Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas, Oregon, Nevada, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska and California on RT&S.