Union Pacific Plans to Invest $26.8 Million in its Nevada Rail Infrastructure.(Union Pacific)

Union Pacific is boosting safety and efficiency with an approximately $26.8 million infrastructure investment in Nevada this year. Projects funded by Union Pacific benefit Nevada’s overall transportation infrastructure without taxpayer funds.

Union Pacific’s investment plan funds a range of initiatives: $22.7 million to maintain railroad track and $1.8 million to maintain bridges in the state. Key projects planned this year include:

  • $7.5 million investment in the rail line between Elko and Winnemucca to replace 60,854 railroad ties during a tie replacement project.
  • $2.2 million investment in the rail line between Floriston, California and Sparks, Nevada, to replace 15,406 railroad ties during a tie replacement project.
  • $2.1 million investment in the rail line between Verdi and Reno to replace 12,190 railroad ties during a tie replacement project.

Wes Lujan, Union Pacific vice president – Public Affairs, Western Region, said:

“Union Pacific’s targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across Nevada. “Maintaining a healthy railroad is the foundation of our ability to serve customers and communities across the state.”

This year’s planned $26.8 million capital expenditure in Nevada is part of an ongoing investment strategy. From 2012 to 2016, Union Pacific invested more than $244 million strengthening Nevada’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.