RICA: Union Pacific Railroad is Railroad of the Year

A pair of Union Pacific locomotives idle in Atlanta on June 11, 2011. (Photo by Todd DeFeo)

The Railway Industrial Clearance Association (RICA) recently named Union Pacific Railroad the Railroad of the Year.

The industry association is made up of railroads, shippers and manufacturers, and logistics providers. RICA recognition is based on peer votes in areas such as technological advances and customer service.

Union Pacific received the honor largely due to creation and implementation of PS Technology (PST) software called iClear. iClear allows users to quickly validate railroad routes for oversized loads, without waiting for someone to manually check clearance, saving time and enhancing customer experience.

iClear uses automatic 3D modeling, creating loaded rail car geometry and rail network information to check for obstructions, select viable routes and produce meet-pass location mapping. The software was initially implemented by Union Pacific and is now available commercially.

PST is a wholly owned subsidiary of Union Pacific Corporation.

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