Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Union Pacific to invest $85 million in Illinois rail infrastructure

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Union Pacific (UP) is investing approximately $85 million in Illinois infrastructure this year. UP plans to increase safety and efficiency with these improvements.

UP's investment plan in Illinois is part of an ongoing investment strategy. From 2012 to 2016, the company invested more than $566 million strengthening Illinois' transportation infrastructure. This year, UP will use $70 million to maintain railroad track and $10 million to maintain bridges in the state. Key projects planned this year include:

  • $6 million investment in the rail line between Elburn and Fulton to replace 16 miles of rail
  • $7 million investment in the rail line between East St. Louis and Chester to replace 59,594 railroad ties and install 27,497 tons of rock ballast

UP 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.