Union Pacific plans yard, double-track projects in South Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Union Pacific has announced three major projects in South Louisiana in an effort to better serve chemical shippers in the region, the Baton Rouge Advocate has reported. Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young joined Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in announcing the $200 million in expansion projects yesterday.
 
The projects include a $40 million support yard in St. James Parish, 29 miles of double track between Livonia and Addis on the Shreveport-New Orleans main line, and additional staging tracks at the Livonia yard. Young said the expansion aims squarely at the state’s lucrative chemical trade, and will come in at $200 million.
 
“We want to do more business here, and we want to be more efficient,” Young said. “In 33 years, I’ve never seen so much opportunity for growth as there is right now in Louisiana.”

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