Why Union Pacific won’t touch Houston’s former ‘Be Someone’ bridge

The “Be Someone” bridge on Interstate 45 near downtown Houston on June 12, 2019. 

With Houston’s famed “Be Someone” message long gone from the Union Pacific bridge that stretches over Interstate 45, the missing dose of inspiration from your morning commute into downtown begs the question: Will the bridge soon be painted over with a clean slate? 

It’s tough to tell given that the train-dodging artists who spray and roll on their aphorisms do so under cover of night. On a whim, after researching the meaning behind the latest message to appear on the bridge (more on that below), I reached out to Union Pacific for an answer. Robynn Tysver, spokesperson for the railroad, affirmed that it’s illegal and often times dangerous to trespass and paint graffiti on railroad property. But without saying it, Tysver hinted that Union Pacific might have better things to do than clean up after Houston’s delinquents. 

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