Over the past five years, Union Pacific Railroad has invested more than $275 million to upgrade and expand its intermodal infrastructure in the fast-growing L.A. Basin area to provide customers fast, reliable access to key U.S. markets, including Houston and Chicago.
Additional investments are underway or planned in coming years.
“We are committed to building and delivering on the service we promise our customers,” said Union Pacific CEO Jim Vena. “This vital transportation corridor connects the U.S. to the world, and we’re positioned to provide service safely and reliably.”
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Union Pacific plans to add more than one million in lift capability to its intermodal terminal ramps over the next few years, with a significant portion of growth anticipated in the L.A. Basin.
In addition to the $275 million, Union Pacific is investing significantly in additional infrastructure upgrades in Southern California including investments in the Fritz Inland Empire Intermodal Terminal to increase capacity and provide quicker customer service.
“Our investment strategies in Southern California underscore our commitment to improving network fluidity and providing unparalleled service to our customers as promised,” said Eric Gehringer, executive vice president of Operations at Union Pacific.
Southern California is one of the nation’s key transportation hubs, with international exports and domestic imports flowing in and out of two large West Coast ports: Los Angeles and Long Beach. It is also home to one of the nation’s fastest growing warehouse districts, with some of the nation’s biggest retail stores.