Omaha, Neb., Union Pacific Railroad opened its Donner Pass route to domestic double-stack intermodal container freight traffic Nov. 19, marking the completion of a 12-month project designed to move customer products over a shorter, faster and more efficient route.
The Donner Tunnel project is a great example of how Union Pacific capital investments continue to support our customers’ ability to grow, drive increased operating efficiencies for our railroad and improve America’s transportation infrastructure said Jim Young, Union Pacific chairman and chief executive officer. Union Pacific has invested nearly $17 billion in our rail network since 2004 and remains committed to running the railroad as efficiently as possible while providing customers with the highest levels of service
The construction project included:
* More than 18,000 lineal feet of notching to improve tunnel clearances in 15 restricted tunnels between the California cities of Rocklin and Truckee;
* Upgrading 30 miles of system signals to centralized traffic control standards, thus eliminating dark territory and allowing signal technology to control train movement instead of radio communications between dispatchers and locomotive engineers;
* Removing track, lowering the floor and reinstalling track in two tunnels, and
* Installing rock bolts for added stability in five tunnels.
This project will benefit our customers by improving our intermodal transit times compared to the current Feather River Canyon route said John Kaiser, Union Pacific vice president and general manager – Intermodal. Completing this project will help us better serve our customers while supporting economic growth in Northern California and at the Port of Oakland
Union Pacific’s Donner Pass route is as much as 73 miles shorter and up to three hours faster than the Feather River Canyon route, depending upon the destination.
Our Feather River Canyon route will continue to play a strategic role in how we serve our customers Kaiser said. The combined benefits of the Donner Pass improvements and our existing Feather River Canyon route will provide additional flexibility to our network as we strive to improve upon Union Pacific’s record levels of customer satisfaction
In addition to utilizing the Donner Pass route for double-stack container rail traffic, the completed construction project provides Union Pacific the ability to operate up to 9,000-foot trains, a 58 percent increase over the 5,700-foot trains that run through Feather River Canyon.
A single Union Pacific intermodal train takes up to 300 over-the-road trucks off America’s congested highways, reducing highway congestion and repair costs, particularly over the busy I-80 highway system. In addition, rails are at least four times more fuel-efficient than trucks, resulting in fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad has expressed deep sorrow on the demise of former union minister Shri B Shankaranad. In his condolence message Shri Azad said,
“I am shocked to learn about the sudden demise of Sh. B. Shankaranand, a veteran Congress leader from Karnataka. He held many important Ministerial positions in the Government of India including the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
He tirelessly worked for the upliftment of the down trodden and under privileged. In his death, the Congress Party lost a very senior Member and Karnataka lost a son of soil.
I prey God Almighty to give courage to the members of his family to bear the irreparable loss and may the departed soul rest in peace.
Shri S. Jaipal Reddy, Union Minister for Urban Development has condoled the death of Shri P. Upendra, a noted parliamentarian and former Union Minister. In his message he has said, “In Shri P. Upendra’s demise, the country has lost a distinguished parliamentarian, an able administrator and scholarly politician. As a Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs, he displayed a great skill as a political leader. He was also a prolific author, who left behind notable publications on national politics of the last three decades. I feel intensely for this loss of a close personal friend. I convey my condolences to Smt. P. Upendra and her children.
Online Voting for the 4Reel Video Project to Start Soon
Marlborough, MA – November 5, 2009 – Throughout the month of October, St. Mary’s Credit Union hosted a video contest for local high schools. Called the ‘4Reel Video Project,’ the challenge was open to each school’s art/media/film clubs, and gave them the chance for some real-world experience, bragging rights, and cash for their school.
Students from each participating high school animated a 90-second video about credit unions from the perspective of young people. At the end of October, the schools submitted their videos and each will be posted on the St. Mary’s Credit Union website for voting by the public. The winning video is to be posted on YouTube and St. Mary’s website, www.abettercreditunion.com – in addition, the winning animation will serve as an artistic template for a series of informational videos that St. Mary’s is producing.
St. Mary’s Credit Union will award a $1,500 cash prize to the school with the winning team and a $1,000 prize to all other participants. While the schools will have flexibility to use the cash however they wish, the hope from St. Mary’s is that the funds will help each school purchase animation software for the respective clubs. Jack Caulfield, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Credit Union said, We’re very excited to be a part of the 4Reel Video Project,” He added. “St. Mary’s has put together a wonderful challenge that will give participating students valuable experience and insights about animation, finances, and marketing that will help them prepare for the real world. We’re looking forward to seeing the great animations that these students are sure to produce.”
About St. Mary’s Credit Union
For nearly 100 years, St. Mary’s Credit Union has been the community-focused financial institution in Massachusetts. Based in Marlborough with branches in Marlborough, MA, Northborough, MA and Hudson, MA, St. Mary’s Credit Union has more than $400 million in assets and 35,000 members. Membership in St. Mary’s Credit Union is open to everyone living or working in Middlesex or Worcester counties. For more information, go to: www.stmaryscu.org