Union Pacific

STB to UP: Explain Embargo Escalation

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is ordering Union Pacific (UP) President and CEO Lance Fritz and other top UP executives to appear at a Dec. 13-14 public hearing on what it’s calling a “substantial increase” in the Class I railroad’s use of embargoes as a method of reducing rail traffic congestion. UP responds.

NS Vice President Audit and Compliance Susan Stuart (left); NS Assistant Vice President Sourcing Jacqueline Gray (center); and at Union Pacific, UPVETS President David LaPlante and Air National Guard Member Jacquelynn Harris recently presented her supervisor Brett Hiscock, General Director, Tech, with an ESGR Patriotic Employer Award.

People News: NS, UP

Norfolk Southern (NS) Vice President Audit and Compliance Susan Stuart will retire on March 1, 2023. Succeeding her will be 14-year NS veteran Jacqueline Gray. Also, Union Pacific General Director, Tech Brett Hiscock has earned an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Of the $3.55 billion in BNSF’s 2022 capital expenditure plan, about $580 million went toward projects that support the growth of its Consumer, Agricultural and Industrial Products customers’ businesses. (Photograph Courtesy of BNSF)

Class I Briefs: BNSF, CN/CP, UP

BNSF is wrapping up several major capital projects to boost capacity and operational efficiency. Also, CN and Canadian Pacific (CP) are among Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2023; and Union Pacific (UP) and Portland (Ore.) Community College are launching a career technical-education initiative for welding technology, electrical trades, diesel service, machine manufacturing, and other trade career paths.

UP Issues 2022 Climate Action Plan

Union Pacific (UP) on Nov. 15 published a 2022 Climate Action Plan outlining efforts to reduce its environmental impact, to achieve its science-based target, and to attain net zero emissions by 2050.

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RAILWAY AGE, NOVEMBER 2022 ISSUE: Railway Age’s Women in Rail awards program celebrates strong women who excel at leadership, serving the community and contributing to the industry—above and beyond their day-to-day job responsibilities.

Union Pacific’s (UP) David LaPlante, right, comes from a Navy family, which includes his grandfather, Kenneth Einig, center, and uncle, Ken Einig, left. (Caption and Photograph Courtesy of UP)

For One Veteran, the Mission Continues at UP

Why do veterans like me, a former Navy Petty Officer, choose to pursue careers at Union Pacific (UP), and more importantly, why do we stay? After all, 17% of UP’s workforce are veterans. Many of my veteran co-worker buddies will answer this question differently, but the common response is: UP is “mission focused.”

Cindy Sanborn will remain as NS EVP and COO through the end of 2022.

NS’s Sanborn Stepping Down

Norfolk Southern (NS) Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Cindy Sanborn will pass the throttle to Paul Duncan on Jan. 1, 2023, the Class I railroad reported Nov. 14.

Watco's 222-acre Refugio Transload Terminal is served by BNSF Railway and UP.

Watco Completes Expansion of Refugio Transload Terminal

Watco on Nov. 1 announced the completion of a recent $6.7 million expansion and improvement project at its Refugio, Tex.-based rail, storage and transloading facility, which has “created increased railcar capacity resulting in a 600-car storage-in-transit (SIT) yard with heightened security,” the company said in a press release.