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8/13/2001



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Intermodal: UP plans $15.8 million upgrade at Port Laredo facility


For intermodal growth, Union Pacific Railroad is banking on Mexico.

To facilitate anticipated increases in rail traffic to and from Mexico, UP plans to spend $12.3 million this year and $3.5 million in 2002 to boost capacity and improve efficiencies at the railroad’s Port Laredo, Texas, intermodal and rail-yard facility. Enhancements include:

• Constructing an 8,100-foot track and extending another for arriving and departing trains;
• Constructing five 2,500-foot tracks for sorting rail cars by destination;
• Extending a track by 3,200 feet to connect the facility with UP’s mainline;
• Converting 14 switches from manual to power remote operation;
• Constructing a 2,500-foot track to enhance intermodal car-sorting in the yard;
• Resurfacing nearly 25 percent of the pavement where trailers or containers are staged; and
• Constructing a 9,000-foot side track just outside the facility to enable one train to pass another on the mainline.

The project should be complete by first-quarter 2002. UP has invested nearly $40 million in the 530-acre facility since it opened in 1990.


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