Union Pacific Maintenance Begins Wednesday

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Source: City of Goleta

Union Pacific will be replacing rail along various stretches of the railroad tracks in Oxnard, Ventura, Carpinteria, Goleta and Santa Barbara, California.  This work is necessary maintenance to maintain the safe operation of passenger and freight service.  Approximately 40 miles of track will be replaced along this corridor.   During construction activities, nearby residents will hear additional horn sounding from the trains. This is required by law during construction activities.  They also will hear construction noise as work is being done, including equipment with back-up warning devices. There also will be bright lights used to illuminate work areas.  

When

Maintenance activities will begin Jan. 6, 2021, and crews will work evenings from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.  This work could not be done during daylight hours due to passenger rail on this corridor, which could not establish bus-bridges due to the pandemic. Workers will be on an 8-day-on, 6-day-off schedule.

Crews will normally work from Tuesday through Tuesday, but will initially begin on Wednesday (Jan. 6) due to the holiday. 

Where

Work will begin with replacing several small rail segments from Oxnard to Santa Barbara.  Once this is completed, crews will begin replacing rail in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Montecito, and will continue to San Luis Obispo.  Crews will move from south to north.

Union Pacific appreciates the community’s patience and support during this project. This work is critical for the continued safe operation of trains along this corridor.

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jgr Jan 06, 2021 10:55 AM
Union Pacific Maintenance Begins Wednesday

@PITMIX Your idea is not feasible. Imagine the amount of land that would be needed for bridges, a second track and a goods unloading area in Santa Barbara. Over 40% of all goods use rail already, making the USA No. 1 in the world in volume of goods already traveling by rail.

PitMix Jan 07, 2021 12:10 PM
Union Pacific Maintenance Begins Wednesday

But you could stop the train in Barstow and offload a few cars there for local delivery. Instead of trucking it from LA to Barstow and destroying the highways. Highway damage is not linear with weight, which is why the truck lanes are always in worse shape than the other lanes even with their extra reinforcement. And can you tell me why trucks are used on Hwy5 from LA to Sacramento? Perfect use of rail.

Average annual cost to maintain the 220,000 of highways in US is $ 6,160,000,000. You can't tell me that we could take some of that money and make our rail system more efficient. Or maybe you can explain how the rail system is the one perfect thing in this whole country?

jgr Jan 07, 2021 09:41 AM
Union Pacific Maintenance Begins Wednesday

@pitmix. We're number one in percentage of all goods going by train, not tonnage. The USA already uses trains for long hauling goods - it's not feasible to use trains for local goods - that's where trucks come in. It's also why goods haulage by train is so low in Europe because distances are too short for goods but ideal for passengers. We use planes for passengers because distances are too great for trains to be efficient.

tagdes Jan 06, 2021 07:59 PM
Union Pacific Maintenance Begins Wednesday

Pitmix , Just give it up will you. First of all you said along their system, so I'll discuss UP and BNSF. They both have all the double track or sidings the need and plenty of engines and rolling stock to keep their freight and perishables on time. The places where they have to use trucks are not going to be built where they need new tunnels and bridges. It's called economics. You really need to read how they operate. Where trains can and need to go are already there. You don't stop 100-200 car freight trains in the middle of Utah, let alone Cajon Grade to off load a couple of trucks for Beaumont Pass to stop on their way to Bakersfield.

dukemunson Jan 06, 2021 02:03 PM
Union Pacific Maintenance Begins Wednesday

Considering what we're spending on the bullet train to nowhere and perpetually widening the freeways...a second set of tracks could make a lot of sense. We need more regional train options...Ventura/Oxnard to SB/Goleta kind of things that run regularly and efficiently would be a big win for all!

PitMix Jan 06, 2021 01:57 PM
Union Pacific Maintenance Begins Wednesday

JGR, Wikipedia says we are #3 in freight tonnage, behind China and Russia. Where did you get your data from? I notice those countries are similar to us in being pretty big and spread out. They still should figure out how to use rail more and only use trucks for local delivery.

PitMix Jan 06, 2021 07:00 AM
Union Pacific Maintenance Begins Wednesday

Need to install double tracks and grade separated crossings everywhere along their system. Then we can move goods by fuel efficient rail instead of wasting our money on semis and the road repairs required by the damage they cause. This would be a great infrastructure project; it would also have to include a jobs program for the truckers that we would throw out of work.

tagdes Jan 05, 2021 03:54 PM
Union Pacific Maintenance Begins Wednesday

Actually they have already been working from milepost 362.8, Goleta through milepost 349.9, Capitan. They were working along the siding at Goleta well over a week ago and have had the work train along the siding at Capitan on New Years'. The high rail maintenance yard is at Ellwood.

a-1609891898 Jan 05, 2021 04:11 PM
Union Pacific Maintenance Begins Wednesday

Perfect time to clear out all homeless encampments. UP owes our communities this work. Years overdue. Any Amtrak rider can see the filth and squalor of our communities as they travel through our area. Montecito is an absolute squatters' camp all the way through. SB, Goleta, Carp. It's a disgrace. Might prevent a major fire also.

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