Union Pacific, the second-leading railroad carrier serving ports in Tacoma, Seattle and Vancouver, announced a $5.1 million investment in rail infrastructure for the state today.

The bulk of it – $3.5 million – will upgrade rail line infrastructure in Eastern Washington, at Hooper (east of Washtucna) and north of Wallula.

“Union Pacific’s targeted investments fund projects that strengthen our railroad tracks, increase safety and minimize delays as trains travel through communities across Washington,” said Wes Lujan, UPRR vice president – Public Affairs, Western Region. The company reports it has invested $51 billion since 2000 and is spending $3.1 billion across the country.

This railroad carrier suffered a major derailment and petroleum tank car fire in the Columbia Gorge one year ago this month. There did not appear to be a report of Oregon infrastructure investments today, although a number of other states were specifically mentioned this month.