ROCHELLE, Ill. (WIFR) -- The future is uncertain for the railroad industry in Rochelle as the city says goodbye to some services later this summer.
On Thursday, Union Pacific Railroad announced it will be "idling services" for the Global III Intermodal Ramp in Rochelle in early July 2019.
Union Pacific released the following statement:
"Currently, Chicago is home to six intermodal facilities, five of which are active ramps and one that acts as an equipment depot. Many of our ramps handle a mix of domestic and international business. Operating six facilities with a variety of equipment at each creates complexity for Union Pacific (equipment issues, additional switching), as well as our customers (complex drayage arrangements and vendor management), creating a greater likelihood of supply chain failure. Therefore, we will be idling the Global 3 (G3) Intermodal Ramp in early July, and the Canal Street Container Depot will follow shortly thereafter."
In response, the city of Rochelle says leaders are "developing a plan to offer an alternative to industries seeking local intermodal services."
“Although we are saddened to hear of the Union Pacific Decision to close Global III, our team is committed to opening new doors for industries who have grown to depend on local intermodal operations,” said City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh.
Fiegenschuh, mayor-elect John Bearrows and economic development director Jason Anderson all met with state legislators and Union Pacific officials on Wednesday to discuss the railroad.