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Union Pacific plans to invest $14.3 million to improve Washington’s railroads

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ROSEVILLE, CA- Union Pacific plans to invest $14.3 million in 2016 to improve Washington’s transportation infrastructure.

The company’s multi-million dollar private investment will enhance employee, community and customer safety and increase rail operating efficiency. Freight railroads like Union Pacific operate on track built and maintained without taxpayer funds. Union Pacific’s private investments sustain jobs and ensure the company meets growing demand for products used in the American economy.
Union Pacific’s planned investment covers a range of initiatives: $13.6 million to maintain railroad track and $741 thousand to maintain bridges in the state. Key projects planned this year include:

  • Almost $10 million investment in the rail line along the Ayer Subdivision north of Wallula to replace almost 19 miles of rail.
  • $475 thousand investment in the rail line in Spokane to replace almost 1 mile of curve rail.

This year’s planned $14.3 million capital expenditure in Washington is part of an ongoing investment strategy. From 2011 to 2015 Union Pacific invested more than $31 million strengthening Washington’s transportation infrastructure.

“We constantly evaluate our customers’ needs to make targeted investments that enhance our efficiency and deliver the goods American businesses and families use daily,” said Wes Lujan, Union Pacific vice president - Public Affairs, Western Region. “Continuing to aggressively invest in our infrastructure is an important element in Union Pacific’s unwavering safety commitment.”
Union Pacific plans to spend $3.75 billion across its network this year, following investments totaling approximately $33 billion from 2006-2015.