UP: Idaho rail infrastructure investment of $35.8 million


Union Pacific's rail network in Idaho will receive $35.8 million in 2016 capital funds.

Union Pacific's planned investment covers a range of initiatives: $34.9 million to maintain track and $883,000 to maintain bridges in the state. Key projects planned this year include:

• $3.3 million for the line through Pocatello to replace 27,704 ties.

• $8.2 million for the line between Mountain Home and Boise to replace 60,510 ties.

• $4.2 million for the Pocatello Subdivision and Pocatello Yard to replace three miles of rail and 24,000 ties.

“This year's planned $35.8 million capital expenditure in Idaho is part of an ongoing investment strategy,” said Wes Lujan, Union Pacific Vice President Public Affairs, Western Region . “From 2011 to 2015, Union Pacific invested more than $135 million strengthening [its rail infrastructure in Idaho].

Union Pacific’s 2016 capex plan totals $3.75 billion, following investments totaling approximately $33 billion from 2006-2015. UP reports these investments contributed to a 25% decrease in derailments over the past 10 years.

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