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UP launches, schedules Joliet terminal groundbreaking and starts Kansas track upgrades

Insight Network Transportation has a new name and a new function. Yesterday, Union Pacific Railroad announced the company is now ShipCarsNow and has launched, a new Web site offering a suite of services to auto traders and remarketers. is designed to enable traders and remarketers to ship used cars seamlessly using rail and/or trucks, depending on which mode best meets their price and timing requirements. The site offers instant price quotes for shipping cars door-to-door anywhere in the United States, as well as shipment tracking and estimated times of arrival tools. leverages a multi-modal delivery network that already distributes new cars to nearly 20,000 U.S. auto dealers nationwide. The network has not readily been available to used car shippers, ShipCarsNow officials said in a prepared statement.

Meanwhile, UP also announced it will hold a groundbreaking Sept. 3 in Joliet, Ill., for its new 785-acre intermodal facility. CenterPoint Properties will develop the terminal for UP in its 3,900-acre CenterPoint Intermodal Center industrial/logistics park. The terminal is expected to open sometime next year.

UP Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Young; Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo; Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn; Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.); Illinois Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi; Will County Executive Larry Walsh; and CenterPoint Properties CEO Mike Mullen are expected to attend the ceremony.

Finally, UP announced it began an $11 million track improvement project on its Hiawatha-to-Upland, Kan., line. To be completed in September, the project calls for removing and installing more than 72,000 ties, replacing rail in various curves, spreading more than 30,000 tons of ballast and renewing road surfaces at 123 grade crossings.

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