“Union Pacific continues streamlining operations as part of our Unified Plan 2020 operating plan. Switching operations at Neff Yard in Kansas City, Missouri, are being transferred to our 18th Street and Armourdale yards in Kansas City, Kansas.
“Union Pacific will continue delivering rail cars to customers near Neff Yard. While we will reduce our workforce in this area, certain employees will have an opportunity to work at the new yards, or potentially transfer to different areas.
“These changes will improve operating efficiencies, helping us provide customers with safe and reliable rail service.”Neff Yard processes 1,500 to 1,800 rail cars a day. Dragoo estimates that, combined, 18th Street and Armourdale yards can only handle about 600 to 800. “That spirals down the line. You will start to see backlogs all across the country,” Dragoo said. “We think there are going to be a lot of businesses that will say, ‘We are going to ship our products to trucks.’ You will see increased truck traffic on the roads. We are going to see some industries say, ‘We can’t move our products to market so are we going to stay in business.'”