Express Lane

Fast, Fresh and Headed Your Way

Express Lane is an expedited, priority train service developed by Union Pacific and CSX Transportation to ship food products from California and the Pacific Northwest to various destinations across the eastern half of the United States - fast, fresh and on time. Since it was introduced in 2000, Express Lane has moved more than 11 million tons of product with a 98 percent on-time delivery track record from shipper to receiver.

Investment in Equipment

Union Pacific has the largest refrigerated boxcar fleet in the industry with 4,950 units. The fleet includes 1,500 64-foot refrigerated boxcars and 3,450 50-foot refrigerated boxcars. These refrigerated boxcars are more environmentally friendly than ever and are compliant with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards.

Express Lane Features

  • Substantial savings over truck, based on the economies of rail. One rail car has the loading capacity of up to four truckloads.
  • Access to more food shippers than any other railroad.
  • Expedited service to the largest consumer markets in the east via CSX Transportation.
  • Access to Union Pacific's extensive rail car fleet, including the largest number of refrigerated boxcars in the industry.
  • Availability of premium, value-added services, such as transit monitoring, shipment management and problem resolution.

Transit Times

Destination Markets Transit Time
from Idaho
Transit Time from
Transit Time
from California
Chicago, IL 6 days 7 days 8 days
St. Louis, MO 6 days 7 days 8 days
New York, NY 9 days 11 days 12 days
Boston, MA 9 days 11 days 12 days
Pittsburgh, PA 10 days 12 days 13 days
Philadelphia, PA 11 days 13 days 14 days
Atlanta, GA 12 days 14 days 15 days
FL Destinations 15-17 days 15-17 days 15-17 days

Value-Added Services

Union Pacific Distribution Services (UPDS), a logistics subsidiary of Union Pacific, provides additional premium services to complement Express Lane services. The UPDS One Plus program extends the reach of the Union Pacific rail network by providing a complete, door-to-door solution across all major U.S. markets - even for customers with limited or no access to rail.

Premium UPDS Services
  • Dedicated One Plus transload network
  • Shipment releases
  • Shipment monitoring across networks
  • Problem resolution
  • Data analysis/corrective actions
  • Equipment supply
  • Proactive shipment management
  • Load consolidation
  • Customized traffic reports
  • Warehousing

Getting Started

To learn more about Express Lane, call a sales representative in one of our Express Lane regions:

  • Pacific Northwest: 402-544-3720
  • East Coast: 908-213-1895
  • Upper Midwest: 908-213-1895
  • Central California: 916-789-6348
  • Lower Midwest: 402-544-2009
  • UPDS: 800-877-5633