Thursday, February 12, 2015

BNSF includes double tracking; siding work and CTC included in North Dakota plans

BNSF 's 2015 capital program for its operations in North Dakota will be an estimated $326 million for rail capacity improvement projects and maintenance.


BNSF's maintenance program in North Dakota will include 1,164 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work and the replacement of close to 97 miles of rail and about 393,500 ties, as well as signal upgrades for positive train control.

Capital include continuing the construction of double track along the Glasgow subdivision between Minot and Williston totaling 37 miles; installing Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) signaling projects along the Devils Lake, Dickinson, Hillsboro and Jamestown subdivisions, which will improve capacity for freight operations while improving on-time performance of passenger trains; upgrading the connection track between the Hillsboro and Devils Lake subdivisions; extending the siding along the Dickinson subdivision located between Mandan, N.D., and Glendive. Mont., enabling trains on the same line to pass resulting in better train flows and expanding the capacity and classification capability of the Dickinson Yard to accommodate expected growth in single car volumes.