Friday, February 06, 2015

BNSF plans $326 million investment in Minnesota network

BNSF's 2015 capital program for its operations in Minnesota will be more than last year's investment with an estimated $326 million for key rail capacity improvement projects and a robust maintenance program.


"This year's substantial investments in Minnesota 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 Tom Albanese, BNSF general manager operations, Twin Cities 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 Minnesota products to key markets as well as benefit Northstar and Amtrak, which operate on our network."

BNSF's 2015 capital projects in Minnesota include constructing double track segments from Big Lake to Becker and from Little Falls to Darling totaling 13 miles, as well as starting to grade for a double track project from Randall to Lincoln to be completed in 2016; installing Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) signaling projects along the Monticello, Staples and St. Croix subdivisions; constructing a two-mile double track segment from Minneapolis Junction to St. Anthony; converting a section of track in the Dayton's Bluff area of St. Paul to a third main line track and building a new train siding along the Noyes subdivision to enable trains on the same line to pass resulting in better train flows.

BNSF's maintenance program in Minnesota will include 269 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, replacement of 125 miles of rail and about 427,000 ties, as well as signal upgrades for federally-mandated positive train control.

The planned capital investments in Minnesota are part of BNSF's record 2015 capital commitment of $6 billion, which is the company's largest planned capital expenditure in its history.