Union Pacific Shaves Two Days Off Los Angeles to Chicago Route with New Service

Union Pacific's intermodal network reaches more markets. | LR

Union Pacific Railroad’s intermodal network reaches more markets, more frequently than any other North American railroad.

Union Pacific Railroad is offering a new domestic intermodal service between Los Angeles and Chicago that cuts transit time to three days.

The new service, which will run daily, moves goods and products from Union Pacific’s intermodal terminal at the City of Industry in Southern California to Global 2 in Northlake, Illinois, located near the heart of the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

This is the second premium train Union Pacific currently offers daily between Los Angeles and Chicago.

“We are delivering the service we sold to our customers – and we’re now able to do it faster,” said Union Pacific CEO Jim Vena. “Our railroad offers 70-mph service, allowing us to compete for business, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions up to 75% for our customers.”

The new product also will include faster freight interchanges with other railroads for those trains bound for the Ohio Valley and northeast U.S. destinations. In addition, the westbound service from Global 2 to the City of Industry and Inland Empire Intermodal Terminal will be offered as a premium train as well.

“We are excited about this new product, which is part of our continuing effort to find new ways to meet our customers’ needs, while removing trucks off our nation’s highways and providing a consistent, reliable product,” said Kenny Rocker, executive vice president–Marketing and Sales for Union Pacific.

The new service is Union Pacific’s latest option for customers moving goods into and out of Southern California. Earlier this year, Union Pacific offered customers direct domestic intermodal service from the Lance Fritz Inland Empire Intermodal Terminal in Fontana, California, to Global 2.

The Los Angeles metro is home to one of the nation’s largest warehouse districts in the Inland Empire, and Chicago is the third largest city in the United States. 

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