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Union Pacific Railroad will begin operating its Bailey Yard in North Platte, Nebraska, as a single classification yard, the railroad confirmed yesterday.
The Class I will consolidate its rail-car sorting operations in the yard's newest and westernmost hump yard.
The change is due to improved customer shipping processing times, said Raquel Espinoza, UP's senior director of corporate communications and media relations, in an email.
"All rail shipments will be sorted on the west side of Bailey Yard, which plays a critical role on the Union Pacific network," she said. "The changes are a testament to the team's operational excellence and safe, reliable service to customers."
UP does not anticipate the changes to have a "significant impact" on its 1,600 employees in North Platte, Espinoza added.
The yard's workforce went through several rounds of layoffs and other job reductions after UP unveiled its Unified Plan 2020 in late 2018, according to The North Platte Telegraph.
In May, another round of layoffs was announced due to lower traffic related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Considered the world's largest rail classification yard, Bailey Yard covers 2,850 acres, reaching a total length of 8 miles.