Omaha, Nebraska: UP releases 2012 Sustainability & Citizenship Report

5 Jun

Union Pacific's level crossing accident rate per million train miles. Source: UP

Union Pacific’s level crossing accident rate per million train miles. Source: UP

The Union Pacific Railroad (UP) has released its 2012 Sustainability and Citizenship Report which includes coverage of level crossing safety.

UP begins its consideration of the topic by saying: “every action that promotes safety matters. Despite collaborating with state and local governments and launching a paid media safety campaign with an audience reach of more than 73 million people in 2012, our [level] crossing incident rate increased 13% in 2012 to 2.38 incidents per million train miles, compared to our all-time best 2.11 rate in 2011”.

UP maintains that “the combination of rising rail traffic in the south, which has a higher grade crossing density than our overall network, and growth in highway traffic due to growing economic activity in parts of our network increased Union Pacific’s grade crossing incident exposure. However, we did make progress identifying and isolating high-risk locations, and improving or removing crossings of concern”.

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