Union Pacific Plans to Invest $14 Million in its Minnesota Rail Infrastructure.(Union Pacific)

Union Pacific is boosting safety and efficiency with an approximately $14 million infrastructure investment in Minnesota this year. Projects funded by Union Pacific benefit Minnesota’s overall transportation infrastructure without taxpayer funds.

Union Pacific’s investment plan funds a range of initiatives: $13 million to maintain railroad track and bridge and signal projects in the state. A key project planned this year is:

  • $9.6 million investment in the rail line between Glenville and St. Paul to replace 76,064 railroad ties and install 50,661 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 Minnesota. “Maintaining a healthy railroad is the foundation of our ability to serve customers and communities across the state.”

This year’s planned $14 million capital expenditure in Minnesota is part of an ongoing investment strategy. From 2012 to 2016, Union Pacific invested more than $81 million strengthening Minnesota’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.