Wednesday, January 25, 2012

UP puts $4 million into San Antonio track improvements

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Union Pacific will improve the transportation infrastructure in San Antonio, Texas, by investing $4 million in one of two rail lines that parallel Frio City Road. The project will help trains move more efficiently through the west side of the city.

A new automated system will allow crews to move trains onto separate tracks without leaving their locomotive cabs to manually align track switches. UP will also add a section of track that connects the rail line from Brazos Street to Cumberland Boulevard.

The project includes the installation of 2,350 feet of rail, 1,000 railroad ties and four track switches. More than a thousand tons of ballast will be used to help provide a more stable roadbed. In addition, crews will renew the South Brazos Street and Pendleton Avenue grade crossings. The work is scheduled to be completed by July of 2012.

"I am pleased to see Union Pacific make this significant investment to enhance its operations in San Antonio," said District 5 Council Member David Medina. "These improvements will help decrease wait times for drivers and benefit the entire community."

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