Rail can be efficient alternative to trucks for produce - The Packer

Rail can be efficient alternative to trucks for produce

03/27/2014 02:57:00 PM
Tom Burfield

In addition, he said, “Union Pacific has the rail network, rail service performance, equipment capacity and a dedicated Food Products team to help realize the full value of their rail shipments.”

Railroads are fuel efficient and environmentally friendly, he said.

“Union Pacific can move one ton of freight nearly 500 miles on a single gallon of diesel fuel,” he said. “Freight trains are four times more fuel efficient than trucks and generate a carbon footprint that is, on average, 75% less than trucks.”

The company has a Perishable Operations Desk and a Union Pacific Distribution Services Agricultural Logistics Team that provide refrigerated unit and railcar monitoring to ensure that units move on their assigned train plan and the refrigerated units perform to the customer’s loading specification, Storlie said.

“Union Pacific is growing its produce business and always welcomes new customers, commodities, and origins and destinations to help customers find the best transportation solution,” he said.

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