Railroads at Midyear: Why Investors Turn to Rail

Union Pacific is continuing to invest in the long-term demand for freight transportation. More than half of the $3.7 billion invested in 2012 went to improve the safety and reliability of the infrastructure. The balance was spent to increase customer value, support business growth and advance positive train control (PTC) implementation. This record $3.7 billion in capital expenditures returned quickly and resulted in the railroad’s best year for its investors. A large portion was targeted to the southern region of the network in an effort to meet the growing demand for new business, particularly in the shale-related energy arena. Domestic shale formation is providing an emerging market opportunity for shipments of inbound frac sand and pipe, and outbound crude oil that will continue to provide opportunity for growth driven by the ability to provide an efficient solution for growing demand. To meet this demand, railroads anticipate continued opportunities to convert freight from the highway to rail.


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  • Pagination: pp 20-24
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  • Accession Number: 01492032
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2013 3:14PM