Monday, June 19, 2017

Union Pacific sets $14M Minnesota spend

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As a part of its $3.1 billion 2017 capital program, Union Pacific says it plans to invest $14 million in its Minnesota rail infrastructure.

The Class 1 says the investment will boost safety and efficiency in the state.

Key projects include $13 million to maintain track, bridge and signal projects, with a $9.6-million investment in the rail line between Glenville and St. Paul to replace 76,064 crossties and install 50,661 tons of ballast.

"Union Pacific's targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across Minnesota," said Donna Kush, Union Pacific vice president – Public Affairs, Northern Region. "Maintaining a healthy railroad is the foundation of our ability to serve customers and communities across the state."

The capital expenditure is a part of Union Pacific's ongoing investment strategy. From 2012-16, UP invested more than $81 million strengthening Minnesota's transportation infrastructure.

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