Friday, February 13, 2015

BNSF plans $223 million capital program in 2015 for Texas

BNSF's 2015 capital program for its operations in Texas will be an estimated $223 million for rail capacity improvement projects and maintenance.


BNSF's maintenance program in Texas will include 2,043 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, the replacement of 62 miles of rail and close to 245,500 ties, as well as signal upgrades for positive train control.

"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.

Capital projects in Texas include constructing a southeast quadrant connection at Tenaha to facilitate the use of the Longview subdivision for southbound trains heading to East Texas and Louisiana; building a new siding in Lumberton enabling trains on the same line to pass resulting in better train flows; beginning the 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.

In addition to Texas, since announceing its plans to invest $6-billion in its system in 2015, the railroad has outlined specific state plans for Nebraska, Minnesota, Washintgon state, Illinois and North Dakota.