Financial Performance

For the full year 2013, Union Pacific reported net income of $4.4 billion or $9.42 per diluted share. This compares to $3.9 billion or $8.27 per diluted share in 2012, yielding 11 and 14 percent increases respectively. Operating revenue totaled a record $21.96 billion versus $20.9 billion in 2012. Operating income increased 10 percent to more than $7.4 billion, up from $6.7 billion in 2012.

In addition, we directly or indirectly support more than 1 million jobs, based on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s economic model, and we generate nearly $265 billion in total annual economic activity. Studies also show that $1 billion in new rail investment equals about 17,000 jobs.


  • Installed approximately 3.9 million ties
  • Replaced more than 800 miles of rail
  • Installed almost 100 miles of new track
  • Purchased 100 locomotives
  • Acquired 950 freight cars and 2,000 domestic containers

Key Growth Projects in 2013

Northern Region

  • Yard expansion at Salem, Illinois
  • Crossovers and Metra station upgrades on the mainline west of Chicago
  • Ongoing CREATE projects to improve freight and passenger rail traffic flow in Chicago, America’s largest rail gateway

Southern Region

  • Siding installations and signal upgrades in the Louisiana Gulf
  • Tower 55 improvements in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Enhancements to the Eagle Pass and Laredo, Texas, gateways to Mexico

Western Region

  • Santa Teresa, New Mexico, intermodal and fueling facility construction
  • Colton, California, flyover project
  • Siding extensions, signal upgrades and terminal improvements in the Pacific Northwest