Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Union Pacific to invest $57 million in Kansas rail infrastructure

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Union Pacific (UP) plans to invest approximately $57 million in Kansas infrastructure in 2017. The investment is part of UP's $3.1-billion capital plan.

UP's investment plan funds a range of initiatives: $43 million to maintain railroad track and $12 million to maintain bridges in the state. The Class 1's key initiatives include a $13-million investment in the rail line between Topeka and Herington to replace 102,740 crossties and install 53,137 tons of ballast and a $4.8-million investment in the rail line between Junction City and Salina to replace 33,828 crossties and install 327 tons of ballast.

This investment in Kansas' infrastructure is a part of UP's ongoing investment strategy. From 2012 to 2016, Union Pacific invested more than $425 million strengthening the state's transportation infrastructure. Union Pacific plans to spend $3.1 billion across its network this year. 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 Oregon, Nevada, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska and California on RT&S.