June 24, 2001 |
Union Pacific is seeking a rent increase for a Denver suburb's use of a road on its right of way--a $6.4-million increase. The people of Aurora are up in arms over the requested $7-million, 10-year rent imposed by the nation's largest railroad. A series of letters and telephone calls failed to end the dispute, prompting the city to sue, asking a judge to set the value of the stretch of land that's 100 feet wide and runs seven miles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2001 |
Two men were killed Wednesday when a 51-car Union Pacific freight train collided with their pickup truck, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies said the truck was stuck on a rail crossing on Avenue J next to Sierra Highway when the train, traveling north at 50 mph, smashed into it. The driver and passenger in the pickup have not been identified by authorities. No one was injured on the train, which had minor damage, said Sheriff's Sgt. William Hindman.
January 28, 2001 |
A federal judge reaffirmed Saturday a temporary restraining order that keeps Union Pacific engineers on the job after a strike was called against the nation's largest rail carrier. U.S. District Judge Lyle Strom set a Feb. 7 hearing on the railroad's request for a preliminary injunction. "Everybody's on the job as normal," said John Bromley, a railroad spokesman.
January 4, 2001 |
A Union Pacific train derailed on the outskirts of a southern Arizona town, spilling about 10,000 gallons of sulfuric acid and forcing 96 residents to evacuate overnight. Hazardous material crews used bulldozers and dump trucks Wednesday to clear out dirt soaked with sulfuric acid. Railroad spokesman Mike Furtney said the contaminated dirt would be moved to a nearby mine so the acid could be recaptured and used in the mining of copper.
November 10, 1998 |
Union Pacific Railroad plans to hire about 60,000 workers over the next 12 years to replace retirees and to handle business growth. "We plan to hire 5,000 a year over the next dozen years," said Ed Trandahl, spokesman for the Omaha-based rail and interstate trucking company. "These would be high-paid, blue-collar jobs," Trandahl said, adding that most will be locomotive engineers and conductors.
September 30, 1998 |
Union Pacific Railroad said Tuesday that its massive congestion problems in Southern California are over and that nationwide it's continuing to recover from a breakdown in service that sparked a shipping crisis last spring. "UP is no longer suffering from congestion in California," the railroad said in its biweekly filing with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board. Nationwide, "UP achieved its highest level of performance in more than a year."
August 1, 1998 |
A national shipping crisis arising from massive congestion on the Union Pacific railroad system has eased enough that the freight carrier no longer needs intense federal oversight, regulators said Friday. But Union Pacific itself said the problems--which included severe delays at Southern California's seaports and at Union Pacific's big switching yard in Colton--are by no means fixed, and that the job of restoring service to normal levels "is far from finished."
April 1, 1998 |
The Surface Transportation Board, seeking to end severe rail service problems in Texas and the Gulf Coast, said it will consider whether to order sale of parts of the newly merged Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads to competitors. If the board eventually concludes that major sales are needed, it will mark one of the rare instances in which federal regulators have ordered even a partial breakup of a rail merger.