Tag Archives: Union Pacific

City of Industry, CA: ACE makes it 16

21 Sep

Federal, state and local officials have broken ground to mark the start of the 16th grade separation project under the auspices of the ACE Construction Authority’s work to improve safety and reduce congestion on the Alameda corridor.

The latest site at which work is underway is the Fullerton Road grade separation linking the City of Industry with an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. The USD145.6 million project will see Fullerton Road lowered to pass beneath the Union Pacific (UP) right-of-way in place of the present at-grade route across the UP tracks

The Fullerton Road-UP intersection currently handles about 50 trains and 24,000 road vehicles each day with more in prospect over the next decade. Completion, scheduled for 2019 will eliminate substantial delays to road traffic and improve safety too. Of particular note is the improvement in response times of emergency vehicles using the Fullerton Road corridor.

FRA data records two train-road vehicle collisions within the last ten years.

Cedar Rapids, IA: Crossing upgrades to deliver a quiet zone

5 Apr

The first of many active open crossings in downtown Cedar Rapids are likely to be upgraded next year [2017} as the City converts presently one-way streets to two-way configuration. These changes and the desire to introduce a quiet zone will cost up to USD500,000 per crossing. First in line are the crossings on Second and Third avenues with First Fourth and Fifth expected to follow as funding permits. In due course Sixth and Seventh avenues may follow. Union Pacific Railroad is presently preparing estimates.

Denver, CO: UP reports on improved crossing safety

4 Apr

Union Pacific Railroad’s Denver Service Unit, which includes about 1,700 miles of track across Colorado and parts of Wyoming, Utah and Kansas, improved community and employee safety in 2015. The service unit reported 36 percent fewer railroad crossing incidents in 2015 versus 2014, reflecting progress educating the driving public about rail safety. Additionally, the service unit’s reportable employee injury rate improved 27 percent from 1.82 in 2014 to 1.32 in 2015, demonstrating progress toward achieving zero employee injuries.

A railroad’s reportable injury rate is the total number of injuries reported to the Federal Railroad Administration per 200,000 employee hours, which is equivalent to 100 employees working a full year.

“Employees are committed to safety as our No. 1 priority,” said Ron Tindall, Denver Service Unit superintendent. “They are dedicated to working safely, keeping their peers safe and educating their communities how to behave safely around railroad tracks.”

The Denver Service Unit is focused on employee engagement and several related initiatives as the foundation of its safety success:

  • Total Safety Culture (TSC), an employee-owned, voluntary process that includes training, observations and feedback. In TSC, employees compliment each other on safe behaviors, while intervening in a positive way to address at-risk behaviors.
  • Courage to Care, a personal pledge to safety that represents personal accountability and strengthens the degree to which each and every employee prioritizes safety as an issue. Many Denver Service Unit employees have embraced this pledge ‘go home safe’ for the sake of themselves and their families.

Union Pacific’s Denver Service Unit employees also committed to educating the public about railroad safety. The Service Unit utilized employee-led quarterly awareness campaigns, coordinated community outreach with Operation Lifesaver, and utilized data to direct their outreach activities to appropriate grade crossing locations.

Additionally, Union Pacific launched an online railroad safety campaign on social media in October 2015. The campaign’s key message is “Your Life is Worth the Wait,” urging drivers and pedestrians to think about their personal safety first and wait at grade crossings. A series of videos depict scenarios in which a jogger, young couple and father and son are stopped, waiting for a train to pass. When the arms lift, each proceeds safely toward a spectacular future.

Union Pacific employees set a systemwide all-time reportable personal injury rate record in 2015, improving 11 percent from 2014 to 0.87, making Union Pacific the safest Class 1 railroad in the United States, according to data reported by the FRA. Union Pacific’s railroad system includes more than 40,000 employees operating in 23 states and 7,300 communities.

Omaha, Nebraska: Union Pacific’s latest crossing safety messages

19 Oct

LXinfoImage146-UPlogo-sourceUPVisit http://www.up.com/aboutup/community/safety/crossing/ to view Union Pacific Railroad’s latest crossing safety messages.

Fort Collins, CO: Crossing delays set to fall as trains for UP rerouted

13 Oct

OmniTRAX subsidiary Great Western Railway is set to interchange with Union Pacific in Greeley rather than Fort Collins where average delays to road users at level crossings on Lemay and Riverside avenues stand at more than five minutes per train, with more extensive delays seen as routine. The change is made possible by a USD14 million project to rebuild the dormant right-of-way between Windsor and Greeley which should complete in the first quarter of 2016. Some trains will continue through Fort Collins as the Great Western Railway also exchanges traffic with the BNSF Railway.

Idaho: UP to upgrade 104 roadways at level crossings

5 Jun

Union Pacific Railroad (UP) is investing USD 27.6 million between DeWoff and Reverse to upgrade 104 roadways at level crossings. This work is integral to a wider track rehabilitation project that will replace 213,171 cross ties and consume 146,714 tons of ballast.

Claremore, OK: City moves to take leading role in resolving crossing problems

27 May

Claremore is bisected by Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) which cross at-grade and 19 level crossings across which BNSF and UP trains sometimes stop as they wait their turn to cross their competitors tracks.

Now, despite previous attempts to grade-separate the BNSF and UP tracks, the city wants to play a leading role in finding a collaborative way ahead with the objective of securing arrangements that end the routine blocking of level crossings and the associated extended journey times for emergency response and non-urgent users of the city’s streets. In a practical sense, this means that there will be the need for substantial federal and state funding sitting alongside contributions from the city and both BNSF and UP.