Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific intermodal train

Union Pacific Railroad is a U.S. Class I railroad owned by Union Pacific Corporation operating 31,800 route miles of track and covering 23 states in the western two-thirds of the United States. The railroad operates from all major U.S. 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.

UP operates 8,300 locomotives and employs 46,500 individuals, providing service to approximately 10,000 customers. The company reported 2013 revenue of $22 billion — up 5 percent year-over-year.

The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad was incorporated in 1862 under the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862. The company has grown by acquiring other railroads, including the Missouri Pacific, Chicago and North Western, Western Pacific, and several more. UP also owns 26 percent of Mexico-based Ferromex.

The company recorded second quarter 2014 revenue of $6.02 billion, up 10 percent from year-earlier revenue of $5.47 billion. 2014 half-year results included total revenue of $11.65 billion, up 8 percent from the previous year.

Union Pacific Railroad has added 11 intermodal train starts between Northern California and Portland, Oregon, and Chicago in 2014, in hopes of grabbing business from key competitor BNSF Railway. Its new services are geared to domestic intermodal volume and build on the success UP has had in handling more 53-foot container traffic.

Railroad yard.
09 Aug 2018
In an era in which considerable, new intermodal business is there, US railroads argue they need to balance the interests of investors and shippers. Shippers argue there hasn’t been a balance.
Union Pacific Railroad.
08 Aug 2018
Union Pacific sent a notice to shippers Friday that the UMAX interline service would cease in 197 lanes on Sept. 17, blaming CSX Transportation service changes. CSX said the service change was necessary to manage evolving needs, the first step in CEO Jim Foote’s vision to implement precision railroading into the intermodal network.
Union Pacific Railroad.
13 Jul 2018
There's no 'leisurely summer' for Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz; he's working to build capacity and work through short-run imbalances, while bracing for impact of trade disputes.
Union Pacific Railroad in California.
27 Jun 2018
Yusen Terminals in Los Angeles, where Union Pacific is adjusting to a consolidation of shipments from the three former lines that formed the Ocean Network, is a major focus of the railroad’s attention.
01 Nov 2017
As intermodal rail container and trailer volumes hit historic highs, pressure, that may lift pricing in 2018 and beyond, is building.
15 Sep 2017
West Coast ports compete harder for intermodal cargo, but rail pricing may be the key determiner.
05 Sep 2017
The US Coast Guard on Tuesday reopened the Sabine-Neches Waterway.
01 Sep 2017
The reopening of terminals, repairs to rail lines, and moves toward more normal vessel operations are important steps in untangling supply chains twisted by Hurricane Harvey.
31 Aug 2017
This resource includes customer updates from logistics companies and transportation providers, and ways people can contribute to charitable organizations to help those affected by the storm and flooding.
30 Aug 2017
Houston and several other Texas and Louisiana ports hope to restart operations by Labor Day.
29 Aug 2017
Logistics impacts from flooding in Houston and other parts of southeast Texas continue to spread.
27 Aug 2017
Truck, rail, water, and air transport are shut down.
25 Aug 2017
Cargo transportation providers along the Texas coast are preparing for major disruptions from Hurricane Harvey.
21 Aug 2017
US and Mexican Customs officials at a KCS-built facility will work to speed growing cross-border rail traffic at Laredo.
23 Jun 2017
Rail tracks end long before e-commerce's last mile, but Amazon.com has many "touch points" at Union Pacific Railroad, Beth Whited says.
22 Jun 2017
Alameda Corridor authority will not seek accelerated fee increases or port assistance despite slower cargo volume gains.
21 Jun 2017
Union Pacific brings domestic intermodal rail to the ICTF near LA-LB ports.
09 Jun 2017
As e-commerce reshapes fulfillment and transportation, the effects are evident among logistics companies that make the Fortune 500 list of largest US companies.
02 Jun 2017
US rail regulators have said they need more time and information before they can make any decision on a proposed freight rail line that backers say would bypass Chicago congestion.
02 Jun 2017
The maintenance will help avoid derailments like the 25-car incident that occurred in Colorado’s Weld County this past January.
22 Feb 2017
Expect significant delays for goods moving via rail Northern California, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest.
27 Jan 2017
The potential benefits are significant, lowering costs and paving the way for further import growth.
26 Jan 2017
Union Pacific Railroad’s discussion of pricing challenges for ocean containers in the fourth quarter was a rare admission of its inability to charge ocean carriers what it wants.
04 Jan 2017
Union Pacific Railroad will gain control of assets throughout the United States as a result of its deal with Railex.
16 Nov 2016
BNSF and Kansas City Southern railways are launching a new joint cross-border intermodal service, a bet that the new Trump administration won’t upend the North American Free Trade Agreement.
20 Oct 2016
The Western railway has lost some of its pricing power after domestic and international freight demand shrank in the third quarter.
22 Aug 2016
Truck and rail traffic in Southern California back to normal after wildfire contained.
19 Aug 2016
The continued closure of at least one railway line and a highway disrupted the flow of containers to and from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles Friday in the fourth day of a savage wildfire wreaking havoc in the northeast Los Angeles area.
18 Aug 2016
A wildfire northeast of Los Angeles continued to disrupt the flow of containers to and from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles Thursday, but road and rail traffic was less affected than Wednesday, officials said.
Big rigs pack into a California Pilot Travel Center after the Blue Cut fire closed the I-15. Credit: @KTLA.
17 Aug 2016
The Blue Cut wildfire, which cut off road and rail traffic in the Cajon Pass, northeast of L.A. and the Inland Empire, is causing shipping detours and delays.