Union Pacific

Union Pacific

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  Union Pacific

Innovation and ingenuity have been at Union Pacific's core since President Abraham Lincoln directed the company in 1862 to connect the nation by building the transcontinental railroad, widely considered one of the greatest achievements of the 19th century.

Operating 32,000 miles of track in the western two-thirds of the United States and with 45,000 dedicated employees, Union Pacific continues to transform the freight transportation industry. By utilizing technology such as GPS-equipped refrigerated boxcars that track the precise location of produce and alert the railroad to even a two-degree variance in the cargo's temperature, or by employing the industry's newest and most environmentally friendly freight locomotives, Union Pacific provides customers with a truly green freight transportation solution.

* Union Pacific pioneered the technology that created a low-emissions yard switching locomotive, the "Genset Switcher," which has reduced emissions of oxides of nitrogen up to 80%, particulate matter by 90% and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 37% compared to older locomotives.
* Union Pacific has 21 diesel-battery hybrid switching locomotives, called "Green Goats," which are similar in concept to the Toyota Prius automobile.
* Union Pacific is part of the EPA's Smartway Transporation Partnership.
* Union Pacific has the best fuel consumption rate of the U.S. Class I railroads and second-best rate among North American Class I railroads.
* The company's Fuel Masters employee-driven conservation program rewards fuel-saving efforts of locomotive engineers. In 2008, Fuel Masters helped UP reduce fuel consumption by 4% or 58 million gallons.

Union Pacific is constantly working on potential solutions to improve fuel efficiency, reduce emissions and help the railroad operate in the safest, most effective way. Examples include:
* Diesel particulate filters being tested on a 1,500-horsepower yard switching locomotive built in 1982 show a 75 percent reduction in particulate matter.
* Locomotive and rail car aerodynamic enhancements that could reduce aerodynamic drag.
* Increased use of distributed power technology to improve the safety and operating efficiency of trains.

Trains carry nearly everything families and businesses depend on - raw materials such as lumber and steel, chemicals to purify drinking water, and finished goods such as TVs and refrigerators. Railroads haul America's food supply, 70 percent of U.S.-produced automobiles and 70 percent of the coal, which produces more than half the nation's electricity. It took innovation and ingenuity to build the railroad, and nearly 150 years later Union Pacific continues to be the engine of change in the ground freight transportation industry.

Union Pacific Foundation
The Union Pacific Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Union Pacific Corporation and Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific believes that the quality of life in the communities in which its employees live and work is an integral part of its own success. Originally created as the Union Pacific Railroad Foundation in Omaha, Nebraska, the Foundation has distributed funds since 1959 to qualified organizations in communities served by Union Pacific. The Foundation is not endowed, but is funded each year from the operating profits of Union Pacific Corporation.