"This year's substantial investments in Wisconsin 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 Jason Jenkins, BNSF general manager operations, Chicago Division. "We know our customers are competing in a fast-paced, global economy where a smooth, efficient supply chain can be the difference between winning and losing in the marketplace. This year's planned expansion and maintenance projects will help give BNSF the capacity flexibility it needs to support our customers' growing demands and connect Wisconsin products to key markets."
BNSF's 2015 capital projects in Wisconsin include constructing four miles of double track through La Crosse and the installation of Centralized Traffic Control in several locations along the Aurora subdivision. These projects will greatly improve train flows and efficiency along this route.
BNSF's maintenance program in Wisconsin will include 220 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, the replacement of nearly 25 miles of rail and about 800 ties, as well as signal upgrades for positive train control.
In addition to Wisconsin, since announcing its plans to invest $6-billion in its system in 2015, the railroad has outlined specific state plans for Nebraska, Minnesota, Washington state, Illinois, North Dakota, Texas and Missouri.