Omaha, Neb., May 18, 2017
Union Pacific is boosting safety and efficiency with an approximately $41 million infrastructure investment in Wyoming this year. Projects funded by Union Pacific benefit Wyoming’s overall transportation infrastructure without taxpayer funds.
Union Pacific’s investment plan funds a range of initiatives: $38 million to maintain railroad track and $2.8 million to maintain bridges in the state. Key projects planned this year include:
- $10 million investment in the rail line in eastern Goshen and Niobara counties to replace 68,579 concrete railroad ties and install 21,967 tons of rock ballast.
- $7 million investment in the rail line between Wamsutter and Rock Springs to replace 58,382 railroad ties and install 39,375 tons of rock ballast.
Donna Kush, Union Pacific vice president – Public Affairs, Northern 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 Wyoming. “Maintaining a healthy railroad is the foundation of our ability to serve customers and communities across the state.”
This year’s planned $41 million capital expenditure in Wyoming is part of an ongoing investment strategy. From 2012 to 2016, Union Pacific invested more than $243 million strengthening Wyoming’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.