Union Pacific is ready to serve a new intermodal center located on its main line in the Pacific Northwest.
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Our employees are supporting charitable giving campaigns this holiday season in towns across Union Pacific’s 23-state network. In this first seasonal spotlight, railroaders are showing community pride in North Platte and Omaha, Nebraska, as well as North Little Rock, Arkansas.
With more than 1,500 members, Planet Tracks has become an integral part of our company’s strategy and focus on sustainability by engaging our workforce and educating employees on how they can support Union Pacific’s sustainability efforts in addition to individual contributions they can make outside of work.
If you are looking for a new career or your first full-time job out of high school, Union Pacific may be the right place to start a new journey for a company that helps build America. Just ask Justin Ward, a nine-year train crew veteran located in Roseville, California, who says working for Union Pacific has changed his life for the better. When it came time for his son, Austin Biggs, to find a job, Ward recommended Union Pacific. His son is now a first-year train crew employee.
Jolly Old St. Nicholas exchanged his sleigh and reindeer for a train trip around Houston Saturday with Union Pacific’s Spirit Locomotive No. 1943 – the locomotive that honors the U.S. Armed Forces – as he and Union Pacific veterans delivered toys to more than 7,000 children in need in Houston.
Through the decades, technology has continuously transformed rail operations, and now a new pilot at Union Pacific will apply technology to the conductor’s role to improve safety and quality of life.
This past November marked my second anniversary at Union Pacific, and what an amazing time it has been! The call to “Build America” that first drew me here continues to inspire me every day. I remain in awe of the dedicated and talented people who work at Union Pacific, and the wealth of knowledge we collectively represent. Together, we have made great strides in leading the way to a future that is tech-enabled and rests on the shoulders of some of the best and brightest tech talent.
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Ro Ganeshasundaram, senior manager-Train Operations (SMTO), loves the sound of a willow wood cricket bat striking a leather ball. It reminds him of his childhood in Sri Lanka.
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As Union Pacific drives its ESG efforts forward, Kevin Peterburs, senior manager-Environmental Site Remediation, leads by example in his pursuit of furthering sustainability initiatives, earning him recognition as UP's 2022 Association of American Railroads Professional Environmental Excellence Award nominee.
Union Pacific's Twin Cities Intermodal Terminal is strategically located in the heart of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, offering regional shippers fast, direct and reliable intermodal service to key markets with domestic intermodal service between the Twin Cities and Los Angeles.
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Six years ago, Crystal Mayberry submitted a Union Pacific application for two reasons: she wanted to start a new adventure in the Transportation field, and she wanted to work for a long-standing company.
Like thousands of children across the country, my two young boys look forward to this time of year with great anticipation. Little do they know the work that goes on by countless people across the U.S. to make the holiday magic happen. For the team at Union Pacific, it starts as we enter this time of year affably known as “Peak Season.”
Can you imagine the coordination and work involved to ship tanks across the country? When the U.S. military is tackling this challenge, it turns to Union Pacific and Loup Logistics.
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Brett Hiscock, general director, Tech, was honored with an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award for affirming Union Pacific’s military-friendly workplace culture. This Department of Defense award recognizes supervisors for their support of an individual employee’s military service.
Union Pacific delivered a nearly 45-foot-tall blue spruce to The Durham Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, as part of a longstanding tradition that dates to 1931, when railroad crews first began cutting down and delivering the city’s official Christmas tree.
Union Pacific’s State-of-the-Art Grain Transload Facility Is Win-Win for Ag Producers and Ocean Carriers
Located in the middle of some of the richest, most productive farmland in the nation, Union Pacific's new grain transload facility will reduce transportation costs for Midwest agricultural producers while creating efficiencies for ocean carriers and the nation’s overall supply chain.
Union Pacific's second annual Climate Action Plan is a comprehensive report that outlines the strategic steps we are taking to reduce our operations’ impact on the environment.
Why do veterans like me, a former Navy Petty Officer, choose to pursue careers at Union Pacific, and more importantly, why do we stay? After all, 17% of UP’s workforce are veterans. Many of my veteran co-worker buddies will answer this question differently, but the common response is: Union Pacific is “mission focused.”
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Union Pacific's Katie Sanders strategically built and guided the team that tackled the on-time delivery of CADX, now nearing its one-year cutover anniversary. A multiyear effort by several departments, CADX was developed in-house and allows train dispatchers to line signals and switches while issuing restrictions and authorities through the system.
In 2022, Union Pacific will invest around $3.4 billion in capital – much of which will go toward hardening the railroad’s infrastructure and increasing capacity through siding extensions like the one recently completed in Oscuro, New Mexico.
Union Pacific Strengthens Sustainability With ‘Construction’ of a New Foundational, Community Ties Giving Program Pillar
The new Environmental Sustainability pillar allows Union Pacific to support projects led by environmental nonprofits and community-based organizations that align with the company’s Community Ties Giving Program mission and sustainability goals.
Women who have been out of the workforce for a long time and are seeking to hone their interview skills or build a resume have a place to go in Chicago thanks to help from Union Pacific's Communities Ties Giving Program.
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Growing up in Palm Springs, California, Gabriel Treleani enjoyed counting the rail cars traveling alongside Interstate 10. Now, the 18-year railroader gets to inspire the next generation of dreamers.
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As Union Pacific marches toward aggressive diversity goals – increasing its people of color population to 40% and doubling the female population to 11% by 2030 – Polly Harris is helping pave the way with steadfast leadership.
As the world grapples with pandemic fallout, recessionary conditions, supply chain challenges and labor shortages, railroads remain a lynchpin for economic growth. For Union Pacific, that responsibility means safeguarding our employees, meeting customer commitments, responsibly supporting communities, and consistently delivering shareholder expectations.
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Eighteen-year railroader Jan Yates is a well-known figure on the Houston Service Unit.
Union Pacific employees may notice some new tech riding the rails this fall – 50 rail cars equipped with a GPS device on the back are being released onto the network, providing real-time information and visibility of the car’s location, condition and health to shippers, rail car owners and railroads.
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Union Pacific’s Chicago Service Unit recently gained an experienced railroader, team player and safety advocate when Jeremy Stroud joined the local team operating Rochelle, Illinois’ Global 3 and West Chicago. His territory includes more than 100 miles of main line between Proviso, Illinois, and Clinton, Iowa. Stroud previously held the same role in Memphis, Tennessee.
It takes a team to keep America’s supply chain in motion, and Union Pacific is helping tackle the middle mile by partnering with logistics leaders across its 23-state network.
A simple truth in life is that all of us will struggle at some point in time with mental health, whether we are facing the end of a marriage or dealing with anxiety, stress or depression.
Union Pacific is putting employees in the driver’s seat to achieving the railroad’s sustainability goals by adding dozens of electric vehicles to its systemwide fleet. Over the next six months, 67 electric vehicles – 50 Ford Lightning pickups and 17 Ford Mustang Mach-Es – will be delivered to select field locations across the railroad’s 23-state network.
Union Pacific has developed strong relationships with local United Way chapters across its 23-state network. Last year, employee donations reached more than 150 communities, and Team UP is maintaining the momentum in 2022.
2,656 Lego bricks. 762 instruction steps. 300 hours. That’s what it took for Denmark-based Lego superfan Lasse Hvidtfeldt to build a 3-foot-long replica of Union Pacific’s Big Boy No. 4014 steam locomotive out of colorful plastic toy bricks.
In recent months, Union Pacific has been working with the city of Houston, Harris County, and the Bayou City Initiative to reach agreement on a publicly supported remediation plan for the former Southern Pacific Houston Wood Preserving Works (HWPW) site. Union Pacific welcomed input from the city, county, and Bayou City Initiative as it will add to the already robust and aggressive remediation plan we proposed that is pending approval with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
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Several decades ago, a high school kid named Richard Guerra signed on for a summertime steel and section gang job removing and replacing tracks in what would later become part of Hermiston, Oregon’s hump yard. Guerra stuck with it – turning his seasonal position into a 45-year Union Pacific career.
Union Pacific and Shell Form Strategic Alliance to Accelerate Sustainability across Industrial America
Union Pacific Railroad and Shell are joining forces to accelerate the decarbonization of rail transportation. The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding that allows exploration and testing of several initiatives designed to help Union Pacific achieve its goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 26% by 2030 and, ultimately, reach net zero by 2050. The initiatives would also contribute to Shell achieving its target to become a net zero energy business by 2050.
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As the global supply chain experiences unprecedented disruptions, Union Pacific's Wendy Whalen has risen to the challenge. Whalen leads the team and strategy responsible for the development, deployment and sustainability of UP's strategic sourcing program.
National Rail Safety Week is the perfect time for families to sit down and stress the importance of being alert and distraction free around railroad tracks.
Union Pacific finalized its new locomotive paint scheme – moving the placement of but keeping its iconic flag design, which was rolled out over 20 years ago to honor the victims of 9/11. The first Union Pacific locomotive with the refreshed paint scheme is now in service.
Companies use green bonds to raise funds for their own sustainability efforts, and Union Pacific is now among them. By linking our financing activity to our sustainability strategy, we can fund our most promising projects that will help to decarbonize our footprint and meet our sustainability goals. And those goals are aggressive.
I hadn’t considered a railroad career until meeting with Sandra Christen, Union Pacific senior manager-operations support, at my college’s career fair. I was captivated by the idea of getting to explore different places and getting a hands-on summer experience that included learning firsthand how America’s leading railroad company moves goods to people.
Union Pacific's Big Boy No. 4014 and the International Space Station are both testaments to humanity’s ability to dream big and push boundaries, says Megan McArthur Behnken, a NASA astronaut who took a Big Boy challenge coin to space with her in 2021.
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It takes a lot of digging and research to find a time when someone from Jeff Maxfield's family wasn't working for the railroad. In fact, the manager-Field Operations Support’s family collectively boasts more than 400 years of railroad service throughout five generations.
We know maintaining fluid operations at the ports we serve is important both to our customers and our economy. While Union Pacific is only one part of a supply chain that spans from factories in Asia to store shelves in your community or parcel deliveries to your doorstep, we will do all we can to ensure our part of the chain remains solid, connected, unbroken.
Operation Clean Sweep is a product stewardship program of the American Chemistry Council and Plastics Industry Association designed to help companies that handle plastic resin share best practices as they work toward achieving zero plastic pellet loss and keep pellets out of our waterways.
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A Union Pacific train crew recently took a break from its usual routine for a moment to do a kind gesture for a young rail fan who regularly visits the Union Station in Wichita, safely waving from a distance as crews pass, hoping they will blast their horn.
Events like the Maha Festival, as well as the many other community activities and organizations Union Pacific sponsors through its Community Ties Giving Program, are important to the future of Omaha. They change how the city is reflected in national conversations, help the region attract talent, and give people another reason to stay living and working here.
Union Pacific’s heritage steam program has brought people together through the decades. Across the American West, hundreds – maybe thousands – of communities exist not only because of the hopes of determined settlers looking for a better life, but because of the advent of the steam trains of the 19th century.
Loup Logistics recently landed a spot on Inbound Logistics' 2022 list for excellence as a third-party logistics (3PL) provider.
With the help of Union Pacific’s sponsorship, the National Park Foundation’s Open Outdoors for Kids Program expects to reach over a million students in the next four years, creating a unique opportunity for fourth graders to learn about and explore national parks.
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After a swarm of bees made its home in Union Pacific's Baytown, Texas yard, Nick Sahinen jumped on the opportunity to remove them. Sahinen also used this opportunity to educate his co-workers about the importance of bees in the environment, sharing he looks at bees from the perspective of the good work they do.
Union Pacific’s recently announced agreement with Wabtec Corporation for 600 locomotive modernizations represents the largest-ever investment in modernized locomotives in rail industry history.
Technology is changing the role of the train crew and leading to a more reliable service product for Union Pacific customers. It’s also changing the lives of the people who run the trains.
Union Pacific and nonprofit Safe Kids Worldwide teamed up to drive home an important message for families in a new rail safety video: Model rail safety, because ‘Nothing’ is worth more than your child’s life.
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Cassie Gouger knows what it takes to lead a team and drive results.
Union Pacific’s Air Forced One fleet has blasted snow from tracks and switches for 20 years. Now, it’s not just snow in its path of destruction. This Maintenance of Way equipment is coming off the bench in the summer months to help deal with a different type of challenge for the railroad.
Four Union Pacific locomotives providing service to a San Bernardino sand and gravel mine are running on 100% biomass-based fuel – the first time in Union Pacific’s history that a locomotive is being powered solely by a renewable fuel source made from vegetable and/or animal fats.
People both outside and inside my company have asked why Union Pacific is involved in Second Chance Hiring – the practice of hiring individuals with a criminal record. The following story from one of our employees helps illustrate some of the reasons behind the program and how it can change a life.
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Manager-Yard Operations Taton Griebel believes each day on the job with his Union Pacific team provides an opportunity to grow and become better – safer and more efficient.
Union Pacific recently joined the Cyclyx consortium to partner with the member companies and lend our expertise to develop supply chain solutions for increasing recycling rates and advancing circular economies.
Technology is forever changing the way we live our lives and do our jobs. It’s also changing how we’re working on the railroad.
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Several decades ago, Southern Pacific Track Worker Enrique Soriano Del Rio started a family tradition that lives on today – all five sons followed in his footsteps, embarking on Southern Pacific and Union Pacific careers. Today, a third generation of Soriano's is making its mark.
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When Union Pacific Engineer Norm Garner noticed a woman waving from a water canal while piloting his train through the desert country of Wellton, Arizona, trouble didn’t cross his mind. After all, people sometimes swim in the canals. But then he began to replay the woman’s wave in his mind. Was it a little too frantic? And did she have a dog with her? After relaying his concerns to Conductor Andrew Mcafee, they reported the incident. Garner’s decision to honor his intuition and call for help likely saved a life.
Earlier this month, the Federal Railroad Administration announced more than $368 million in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant program funds to 46 projects in 32 states and the District of Columbia.
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Responding to traffic-halting emergencies isn’t in the job description for many welders. Nonetheless, Union Pacific welders Chris Cornejo and Jake Allen went beyond their everyday duties to help others in dire need.
Replacing a 110-year-old bridge in 48 hours is an ambitious task no matter who you ask; accomplishing it in 30 hours deserves some major kudos. A cross-functional Union Pacific team recently did just that in Iowa.
Inspired by the growing need for workforce development initiatives, Union Pacific is partnering with Southwest Texas Junior College to expand industrial trade careers through the La Frontera ("The Border") Diesel Program Expansion Project.
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Displaying the Courage to Care spirit is not only for the workplace – it can also positively impact everyday life. This was the case for employees Derrick Beard and Lionel Nelson, detector car operators, while en route to a job site in Chicago.
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Schrampfer's work was instrumental in Union Pacific earning a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2022 "Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality." UP is the only Class I freight railroad earning a 100% rating on the list.
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During his 50-year railroad journey, Johnathan Deckard has served as a supervisor and general foreperson. He has worked at the RIP track, yard and on a wheel truck. He also has participated in Peer Support and Operation RedBlock. "I've done it all," Deckard said with a smile.
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Dale Turner has been working on the railroad for nearly 26 years – serving as a switchperson, brakeperson, conductor and then locomotive engineer for 19 of those years. Learn more about this engaging Union Pacific employee based in Fort Worth, Texas, and what makes him tick.
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Spending 50 years on the railroad hasn’t dulled Greg Wahl’s excitement for cutting-edge technology. In fact, the Bakersfield, California, locomotive engineer embraces new technology and commits himself to training his peers on how to use it.
Tuesday’s mass murder in Uvalde, Texas, and the mass murder that took place in Buffalo, New York, on May 14 continue a pattern of heart shattering violence in America. In these events and in others before them, people going about their normal lives – individuals, children, parents, grandparents – experienced their last moment on earth facing thoughtless, cowardly menace.
College students from more than 40 nationwide colleges and universities were selected for UP’s three-month in-residence Intern Connection Program, which offers a mix of work experience, professional development and networking opportunities.
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Welder Thomas Frey’s first three years with Union Pacific have been fast paced, as his work and home lives kept him moving. While Frey’s Houston Engineering gang travels the system, his three college student children and a fiancé keep him on his toes. But always up for a challenge, Frey decided to add one more thing to his plate – turning his associates into a bachelor’s degree.
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Pancho Daniel said he wouldn’t trade his railroad career experience for the world, including a five-year stretch in the late 1970s and early 80s when he was a full-time presenter for the newly formed Operation Lifesaver, talking with schoolchildren throughout Nevada and Utah about railroad safety.
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Craig Crisp’s perspective has led him down a career path uniquely his own, recently earning him a promotion. This year, the 28-year railroader started a new position as a manager-Track Construction Projects. In this role, Crisp will evaluate and implement railroad capital project designs.
Union Pacific’s tangible commitment to communities started nearly 70 years ago, when the Union Pacific Foundation was created to support local charitable, educational and scientific activities. Now part of the Community Ties Giving Program, the Foundation has awarded grants every year since its launch in 1955. Our annual, open request for proposals process is open through May 31.
Throughout my career I worked both inside and outside the office – in the railyard. The worst job was being a “mud hop” – working in the yard verifying rail cars on inbound and outbound trains, come rain or shine. In lousy weather it was unpleasant work. The men thought I would get discouraged and quit, but not this woman. I just put one foot in front of the other and kept going.
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In early March, Andrew Rohleder and Jose Zuazua were part of a welding fire watch team in Lincoln, California. When they returned from a break, Rohleder noticed a team member slumped over in the driver’s seat of their work vehicle.
For more than three decades, Bo’s Place in Houston has been offering grief support to families, including age-appropriate services for children. And, since 2012, Union Pacific’s Community Ties Giving Program has supported Bo’s Place, donating $35,000 over the past decade.
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Union Pacific is celebrating trailblazers like the Sudds family as it focuses on doubling female representation to 11% by 2030 as part of its diversity, equity and inclusion goals to better reflect the communities it serves.
Rahul Jalali, Union Pacific’s senior vice president and chief information officer, recently earned a spot on Forbes CIO Next List, highlighting 50 technology leaders who are redefining the CIO role and driving game-changing innovation. He also was named one of Railway Age’s 2022 Readers’ Influential Leaders, nominated by subscribers as one of the industry’s top 10 influential individuals who are committed to service and making a difference.
As demand for freight transportation soars, Union Pacific is making early connections with young people due to enter the workforce.
Union Pacific has serious safety and traffic concerns with the Oakland A’s proposed baseball stadium and a mixed-used residential/business development district next to two busy rail yards and a passenger rail station at Howard Terminal.
In April 1982, Union Pacific became the first U.S. railroad to establish a formal supplier diversity program. That first year, the railroad spent $10 million with diverse businesses. Today, UP is proud to spend $520 million in goods and services from more than 275 diverse suppliers in 35 states.
For the safety of every Union Pacific team member, substance abuse can’t be a part of that equation. That’s why Operation RedBlock volunteers have been visiting crew rooms, team meetings and safety briefings for more than 40 years.
In a world with constantly evolving supply chain challenges, every second counts. Union Pacific is meeting that need for speed by rolling out Fast Gate, allowing truck drivers to bypass the check-in kiosk when entering the railroad’s intermodal terminals.
Rural doesn’t always mean quiet. Take for example the highway-rail grade crossing on Union Pacific’s Laredo Subdivision in LaSalle County, Texas. Oil and gas exploration activities in the area mean large machinery and local traffic regularly traverse this hot spot.
Thanks to extensive outreach efforts, firefighters from 22 fire districts and departments received hazardous materials (hazmat) response training in Union Pacific’s largest-ever class of its kind in central Louisiana.
Forty years ago in Houston, Kathleen Foster and her friend, Bill Jones, opened a home for children in crisis. Casa de Esperanza was started as a place where parents struggling with homelessness, mental health issues and other challenges could provide their children a safe place to live.
Union Pacific’s Englewood Yard in Houston, Texas, plays a pivotal role keeping freight moving – and as the yard continues transforming into a premier rail car processing hub, this important work can’t miss a beat.
Our goal is to have a deep understanding of how our customers' needs are changing, the pain points in their processes, and how we can create value for their supply chain.
The Loup Multicultural Council is making a splash for at-risk students in the Omaha area.
Weeds have met their match with a new innovation traversing Union Pacific’s tracks systemwide.
The recent acquisition of a premier reload facility in one of the fastest growing counties in America gives Union Pacific's Loup Logistics subsidiary a big footprint in an expanding market.
Two separate but key Union Pacific initiatives – supplier diversity and train length – are merging in Texas, leading to a win-win situation for all stakeholders.
'Happy Birthday, Yellowstone:' Union Pacific and National Park Foundation Celebrate National Treasure
Union Pacific has the pleasure of wishing Yellowstone National Park: “Happy Birthday!” Today, the natural wonder celebrates its 150th anniversary as a national treasure. Widely recognized as the world’s first national park, this anniversary is one of many that Union Pacific has celebrated with Yellowstone.
Chicago track supervisor Lakish Vanzant works hard to make every encounter at Union Pacific a positive one.
For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 700 company leaders came together Feb. 24 at the largest Leadership Conference in Union Pacific history to share success stories, talk with customers and financial investors and discuss company strategy.
Union Pacific reduced its overall fuel consumption for the third year in a row and helped its customers eliminate an estimated 22.9 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by choosing rail over truck.
When Charles Gustafson first heard about a little boy’s Make-A-Wish request to “drive” a locomotive, the senior manager for Union Pacific Railroad in Houston, Texas, knew it was a tough ask.
The first time a truck-driving student at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas, encounters a railroad crossing will be on a training course and not a public highway thanks to a real-world project that received a big assist from Union Pacific Railroad.
Through this unprecedented environment, Union Pacific strives to reach its aggressive 2030 diversity goals, increasing our people of color population from 29.4% to 40% and doubling our female population to 11%. Progress toward these goals was outlined in our just-released 2021 Human Capital Report, titled “We Are One.”
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Every day, Kia Patterson races against a nonstop clock – and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Part tie pickup, part brush cutter, part ditch cleaner, the new Maintenance of Way machine might just be the most versatile piece of equipment in Union Pacific’s arsenal. And that’s the point, according to Salt Lake City-based Kevin Packard, track supervisor, Engineering.
Lessons from Assembling the World's Largest Battery-Electric Locomotive Freight Fleet Will Benefit Entire Industry
Our announced plans to assemble the world’s largest battery electric locomotive freight fleet -- purchasing 20 battery-electric locomotives for testing in yard operations -- is a step toward our company goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050. But it’s only one step on a journey that includes the entire transportation sector.
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With past volunteer experience as a firefighter and medic, and 32 years of emergency services experience, Critical Call Dispatcher Don "Mac" McDonough is prepared to help callers during every type of urgent situation. On a recent shift, McDonough received a call from a distressed teen experiencing a mental health crisis.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom stood with Union Pacific representatives, law enforcement officers and UPS on Thursday, announcing a multi-agency effort to combat rail theft in Los Angeles.
Union Pacific mobilized an aggressive response to a spike in cargo theft , increasing the number of police assigned to protecting the targeted areas in Los Angeles County, as well as leveraging technology, such as drone surveillance, specialized fencing and trespass-detection systems.
Delivering a positive customer experience, resolving pain points, and accentuating bright spots not only is a nice-to-have, but it’s also an imperative that gives us a competitive advantage and will be even more crucial in the advanced supply chain of the future. We understand that our customers have choices, and newer decision-makers demand a seamless, simple, responsive business partner.
A Union Pacific track renewal manager may be helping the railroad expand its use of renewable energy.
In railroading towns across Union Pacific’s 23-state network, our employees supported local families in need of cheer this holiday season.
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When wildfires swept through the Boulder, Colorado, area late last week, Union Pacific subsidiary PS Technology’s office was spared by only a few hundred feet. PST employees did not escape loss, however, as some lost homes in the fire.
Railroads don’t rely on the government to fund the maintenance and expansion of their infrastructure, which includes all structures, buildings, land, and the equipment needed to run a railroad. But that doesn’t mean railroads won’t see benefits from the infrastructure bill.
From extreme weather to supply chain congestion, Union Pacific overcame its fair share of challenges.