BNSF announces a series of investments worth $496m


BNSF has announced a series of three investments in its network, worth $496, as part of the company’s wider $6bn investment in network maintenance over 2015.

The first investment has allocated $223m for a capital programme to develop BNSF’s operations in Texas, US, for rail capacity improvements and network maintenance. The projects to be undertaken in Texas include: constructing a south east quadrant connection at Tenaha; building a new siding in Lumberton; beginning a two-year replacement project of the Trinity River bridge in Fort Worth; and expanding parking and support tracks at the Alliance intermodal and automotive facilities in Haslet as well as the Amarillo Automotive Facility.

“This year’s substantial investments in Texas are a clear reflection of how important our operations in the state are to our overall network and our unwavering commitment to always operating safely – for our people and the communities in which we operate,” said Keary Walls, BNSF General Manager Operations, Texas Division.

The second investment will see $153m set aside for the maintenance and improvement of the company’s network in Missouri, US. The projects undertaken will include: constructing two new sidings between Elsberry and Ashburn and milepost marker 94; and extending the siding in Gibbs to improve train capacity along the Hannibal subdivision.

The third investment will be injected into the Wisconsin network and stands at $120m. With the investment BNSF plans to construct four miles of double track through La Crosse and install Centralized Traffic Control in several locations along the Aurora subdivision.

Together these investments are expected to help the company maintain profitable operations in the future by optimizing efficiency.

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