Rail Operations Update

Announcement Number: CN2023-2
Categories: General Announcements
Posted Date: January 11, 2023

To Our Customers,

Following is an update on weather impact to our network.

The temporary permit weather embargo for recent severe weather events and arctic temperatures that is impacting our operations across Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin remains in place. Although incremental progress has been made in reducing congestion and increasing velocity across the region, we are seeing longer than anticipated recovery due to the magnitude of the prior weather impacts along with weather that continued through last week and the residual impact on the area.

As we continue the service recovery plan, we will be continuing the embargo for an estimated 14 days. Union Pacific will continue to carefully review and consider customer circumstances while issuing permits during this recovery period. Permits will continue to be issued, as needed, to protect critical supply chains. Requests for permits should be submitted through Case Management (user ID and password required).

Heavy rain and snowfall continue through much of the state. Flooding throughout Northern California has produced isolated embargos in the Oakland and Sacramento areas. A bridge foundation washout between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo is impacting our operations through that area. We expect the bridge to be out of service for up to two weeks. Our operations team is working on alternate routing for impacted shipments.

We appreciate your patience as we work to restore service to these critical areas safely. Please reference our Embargo page or the AAR Embargo System for additional details. If you have any questions, please contact Customer Care & Support at 800-272-8777 or your Union Pacific representative.