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Union Pacific Increasing Track Speed in Northwest Iowa

Omaha, Neb., March 22, 2017

Union Pacific will increase the maximum track speed limit from 40 to 49 mph on the rail line paralleling Highway 60 in northwest Iowa next month.

Train speeds at Sibley, Ashton, Sheldon and Hospers crossings will increase in weekly five mph increments beginning the week of March 20 until reaching the 49 mph speed limit on April 1. The track speed limit increase follows a tie and rail improvement project in October 2015.

Union Pacific plans to invest $68 million in Iowa in 2017 to support the state’s current and future freight transportation needs, and enhance safety and efficiency. More information about Union Pacific and its social, environmental and economic progress is available in its Building America Report.


Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2007-2016, Union Pacific invested approximately $34 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure. The railroad's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.

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