Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BNSF plans $189-million capital program on its Washington network

BNSF 's 2015 capital program for its operations in Washington will be an estimated $189 million for rail capacity improvement projects and maintenance.


"This year's substantial investments in Washington 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 Daryl Ness, BNSF general manager operations Northwest 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 Washington products to key markets."

BNSF's 2015 capital projects in Washington include completing construction of double track from Ferndale to Custer totaling nearly seven miles; constructing a staging track west of Custer to provide additional train capacity and a siding between Burlington and Fidalgo; reconfiguring the Bayside and Delta rail yards located in Everett to improve efficiency and provide more capacity and continuing to work through permitting and right-of-way issues involving the replacement of the Washougal River bridge in Camas.

BNSF's maintenance program in Washington will include 1,011 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work and the replacement of nearly 50 miles of rail and close to 203,000 ties, as well as signal upgrades for positive train control.