Status of the Railroad - A Message from Kenny Rocker, EVP, Marketing & Sales

Announcement Number: CN2024-8
Categories: General Announcements
Posted Date: April 2, 2024

To Our Customers, 

As April begins, I am encouraged with the team’s results so far this year. Jim’s multi-year strategy of safety, service and operational excellence is propelling us forward to grow with you. Our safety has started out strong this year – we’re showing year over year improvement in both personal injuries and derailments. This progress is due in part to building upon the safety training we have, and introducing the Journey to World-Class Safety classes for all our transportation craft professionals.

In terms of service, our network operations remain fluid and several of our key operating metrics are currently at or above levels that we saw back in the second half of 2020. While there are some challenged areas in our network, we remain focused on improving our ramp and terminal performance and are engaged with our interchange partners to resolve issues as quickly as possible. Our resources for locomotives and train crews continue to remain in good shape. We have adequate supplies to meet customer demand.

Here is a quick look at the most recent key operating metrics, which have remained solid and consistent over the past month:

  • AAR weekly carloadings at 156,411.
  • Car velocity holding at 203.
  • Car dwell is steady at 22.9 hours.
  • AAR train speed up to 24.0 mph.

Expanded Products & Services
New Domestic Intermodal Service Between Inland Empire and Chicago
Since opening our Inland Empire Intermodal Terminal (IEIT) in 2021, we’ve more than quadrupled the lift capacity in this strategic Southern California import distribution region. We’ve come a long way since establishing the “pop-up” terminal in our West Colton rail yard. I’m excited to share that beginning yesterday we added domestic service to our Global 2 intermodal terminal in the heart of the Chicago metro, supplementing our existing service to Global 4 in Joliet, Illinois. We will also extend our interline services for IEIT to more than 20 destination markets on Norfolk Southern, CSX and Canadian National Railway. You can learn more about the service schedules in our recent announcement.

Thank You
I wanted to thank you for choosing Union Pacific as your trusted transportation provider. We appreciate your business and are dedicated to provide a safe, reliable service product that you expect.


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Kenny Rocker
Executive Vice President, Marketing & Sales