Wednesday, May 16, 2012

BNSF plans $372 million capital investment in Kansas and Missouri

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BNSF Railway Company plans to invest an estimated $242 million on maintenance and rail capacity enhancement and expansion projects in Kansas and an additional $130 million in Missouri this year.

BNSF's 2012 capacity enhancement projects in Kansas include the continued construction of BNSF's Kansas City Intermodal Facility southwest of Kansas City in Edgerton, Kan., improvements to the Topeka locomotive shops and significant signal upgrades for federally mandated positive train control (PTC).

BNSF will continue its robust maintenance program, which will include 619 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, the replacement of 57 miles of rail and about 247,000 ties.

BNSF's track maintenance program in Missouri will include 1,507 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, the replacement of 103 miles of rail and about 122,000 ties, as well as significant signal upgrades for PTC.

The planned capital investments in both states are part of BNSF's total 2012 capital commitment of $3.9 billion. The largest component of the capital plan is spending $2.1 billion on BNSF's core network and related assets. BNSF also plans to spend approximately $1.1 billion on locomotive, freight car and other equipment acquisitions, many of which will serve Missouri. The program also includes about $300 million for federally mandated positive train control and $400 million for terminal, line and intermodal expansion and efficiency projects.

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