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Union Pacific Railroad Invests $21 million to Strengthen Missouri's Transportation Infrastructure

Union Pacific Railroad will strengthen Missouri's transportation infrastructure by investing $21 million to construct a more-than-nine-mile second main line track in the Bell City area, in southeast Missouri.  The project, funded entirely by Union Pacific without taxpayer dollars, began earlier this month and is scheduled to be completed the end of October.

The project, which extends about four miles to the north and south of Bell City, is one that will support long-range projected rail traffic growth, improve train operating efficiency, increase capacity on the rail line and enhance safety.

"Union Pacific helps link businesses with consumers, suppliers and markets across the nation and around the world," said Joe Bateman, Union Pacific vice president - Public Affairs, Northern Region.  "In addition to helping move customers' goods more safely and efficiently, our investments support communities by reducing traffic congestion, facilitating industrial development and, promoting economic expansion."

Improved and additional freight rail capacity helps reduce highway congestion and contributes to a cleaner environment. One Union Pacific train can take up to 300 trucks off America's roads, and Union Pacific can move one ton of freight nearly 500 miles on a single gallon of diesel fuel.

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