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Union Pacific Railroad to Perform Property Cleanup

Efforts are part of partnership with City of Bakersfield

As part of a partnership with the City of Bakersfield, Union Pacific Railroad will be performing multiple clean-up efforts around UPRR-owned sites starting Tuesday, January 28.

UPRR has told the City the efforts will start between the Chester Avenue overpass where H Street dead-ends, and ending at Edison Highway starting at 7 a.m.

"Over the past year, Union Pacific has been working in partnership with many local jurisdictions to help abate blight and nuisance on UP private property," a statement from the railroad reads. "UP owns and operates a number of miles of railroad right of way in the City of Bakersfield, and due to its location and nature, the UP right of way experiences trespassing, unlawful encampments, dumping, graffiti, and other illegal activities by third parties from time to time, despite UP's efforts to protect against these activities.

"To further their shared interest in reducing illegal activity and improving public safety," the statement continued, "a safety awareness and cleanup effort will begin in partnership with the City of Bakersfield along all UPRR's Fresno and Mojave Subdivision right-of-way. Cleanup is scheduled to begin on January 28, 2020 and is expected to run for a couple of weeks."

The County of Kern has agreed to waive gate fees at the landfill for UPRR to drop off collected debris as part of the clean-up efforts.

Other sites are planned for clean-up in the future, once this first site is completed.

The areas will be maintained by UPRR periodically as well.