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10/4/2001



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New terminal to ramp up Windy City capacity for UP


Union Pacific Railroad's Chicago-area intermodal capacity might greatly increase by year-end 2003.
The railroad sometime this fall plans to begin constructing a $180 million to $200 million intermodal terminal on Brush Grove Road just southwest of Rochelle, Ill. — about 75 miles west of Chicago.
Under the project's first phase, UP would develop 750 acres of the 1,100-acre site, creating a 1,000-container-per-day capacity terminal. A second phase would increase the terminal's initial capacity, but a construction schedule hasn't been determined for that phase, says UP spokesman John Bromley.
Beginning in late 2003, UP plans to daily load four trains at the facility, which would handle between 500 and 600 trucks a day.
The railroad recently hired Park Ridge, Ill.-based Ragnar Benson Inc. as the project's general contractor.
Jeff Stagl



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