Union Pacific To Open New Intermodal Terminal in Heart of Phoenix

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A Union Pacific intermodal train crossing the Arizona desert.

Union Pacific Railroad plans to open a new international intermodal terminal in the heart of Phoenix, providing customers a sustainable rail option between ocean ports in the Los Angeles Basin and the nation’s fast-growing Southwest region.

The new terminal will be owned and operated by Union Pacific and is expected to open in the first quarter of 2024. It will be located in Union Pacific’s downtown rail yard and will have the capacity to grow to meet customer demand.

“We are excited to offer regional shippers and receivers in Arizona a fast, sustainable rail option to move product into and out of Southern California that is cost competitive and removes trucks from our nation's congested highways, with an ability to expand offerings and grow in the future," said Kenny Rocker, executive vice president-Marketing and Sales for Union Pacific.

The new facility will open with drayage support provided by Duncan & Son Lines, a family-owned logistics firm in Buckeye, Arizona, that primarily focuses on international container drayage from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

“Duncan and Son Lines is proud to be working with Union Pacific on this innovative rail solution, which will give our customers another service option to reduce truck emissions,” said David Duncan, vice president of Operations at Duncan & Son Lines.

The new service will allow customers to convert long-haul truck traffic to rail, saving 380 miles of truck miles between the Los Angeles Basin to Phoenix. Moving freight by train instead of truck reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 75%.

The new terminal further expands Union Pacific’s intermodal footprint, which is the largest in North America with the most direct services from coast to coast.

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