Union Pacific is boosting safety and efficiency with an approximately $85 million infrastructure investment in Illinois this year. Projects funded by Union Pacific benefit Illinois’s overall transportation infrastructure without taxpayer funds.
Union Pacific’s investment plan funds a range of initiatives: $70 million to maintain railroad track and $10 million to maintain bridges in the state. Key projects planned this year include:
- $6 million investment in the rail line between Elburn and Fulton to replace 16 miles of rail.
- $7 million investment in the rail line between East St. Louis and Chester to replace 59,594 railroad ties and install 27,497 tons of rock ballast.
“Union Pacific’s targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across Illinois,” 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.”
This year’s planned $85 million capital expenditure in Illinois is part of an ongoing investment strategy. From 2012 to 2016, Union Pacific invested more than $566 million strengthening Illinois’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.
“We constantly evaluate our customers’ needs to make targeted investments that enhance our efficiency and deliver the goods American businesses and families use daily,” said Donna Kush, Union Pacific vice president public affairs, Northern Region. “Continuing to aggressively invest in our infrastructure is an important element in Union Pacific’s unwavering safety commitment.”