Wednesday, May 30, 2012
BNSF to invest $460 mil in western states
The BNSF Railway Company announced plans to invest approximately $460 million in maintenance and rail capacity improvement projects this year in California, Montana, South Dakota and Texas.
The second largest U.S. railroad said in a statement it would spend an estimated $120 million in California, including the installation of an automated gate system at its Hobart Intermodal Facility and a track maintenance program that would cover 786 miles of track surfacing, undercutting work, the replacement of 40 miles of rail, 377,000 ties, and signal upgrades for federally mandated positive train control (PTC).
The railroad announced it would also invest $111 million for projects in Montana that include upgrading 956 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, along with replacing 54 miles of rail and about 210,000 ties. The railroad said it would also upgrade for PTC in Montana.
In South Dakota, BNSF said it plans to invest $30 million that would include expansion of rail sidings to increase rail capacity, perform signal upgrades, maintenance of 676 miles of track surfacing and undercutting, in addition to the replacement of 28 miles of track, and about 121,000 ties.
The Fort Worth-based railroad announced it also plans to invest an estimated $199 million on maintenance and rail improvement expansion projects in Texas this year to include enhancement projects such as expansion of rail capacity at Tower 55 in Fort Worth, the realignment of BNSF's mainline for the extension of the Alliance Airport runway just north of Fort Worth, replacement of the Galveston Causeway Bridge, installation of wheel detectors in Galveston, improvements to BNSF's Amarillo car shop, as well as signal upgrades for PTC.
The BNSF said it would also continue track maintenance in Texas, including 1,341 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, and the replacement of 84 miles of rail and about 563,000 ties.
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