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Union Pacific Invests in Nebraska

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By Jacklyn Ryan jryan@nebraska.tv Twitter @NTVsJacklynRyan

Union Pacific plans to spend seventy million dollars as part of a planned 1 Billion dollar investment in Nebraska.

150 years ago Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific.

This yard is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest classification yard in the world.

Governor Dave Heineman and Union Pacific Chairman and CEO Jim Young announced within the next few years one billion would be spent on railroad projects across the state of Nebraska.

"In our rail yard in North Platte we will be investing about 70 million dollars to better help move traffic through that yard a little bit quicker." Union Pacific Media Rep Mark Davis says.

These projects here designed to help rail traffic more efficiently.

"We will also be putting in some new rail and curves on that same location." says Davis. "We will be replacing a lot of it in that corridor there between North Platte and Wyoming. We also then will enhance all of the crossing services there."

Union Pacific employs around 12% of North Platte's population and this city is very excited for the projects to go underway.

"They are certainly going to continue to be an important part of North Platte and the jobs are going to be important to North Platte." Marc Kaschke Mayor of North Platte says.

Around 100 trains a day transport goods through Nebraska on Union Pacific's main line including Agricultural Products, automotive, and industrial merchandise.

Tune into Good Morning Nebraska, News at Noon, and News at 10 p.m. for the story.

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