OMAHA, Neb., April 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Focus on community safety outreach, operating processes and employee training drove Union Pacific to record first-quarter grade crossing safety performance, demonstrating ongoing progress toward the company's ultimate goal of zero incidents.
Union Pacific's public safety rate, which measures the total number of Federal Railroad Administration reportable grade crossing accidents per million train miles, improved 27 percent to 1.88 versus the first quarter of 2014.
"Our strategy of reinforcing public awareness with targeted safety campaigns and community partnerships is improving safety as we move toward an incident-free environment," said Bob Grimaila, Union Pacific vice president - Safety, Security and Environment. "Through our three-pronged approach – community education, engineering enhancements and enforcement initiatives – we are enhancing safety for employees and the people in the communities they call home."
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2005-2014, Union Pacific invested more than $31 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure. The railroad's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major 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. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.
SOURCE Union Pacific