BNSF Railway Company will spend $650 million of its planned $3.57 billion capex for 2019 in Texas and California, as the Class 1 looks to boost capacity and efficiency in key routes.
In Texas, slightly less than half of the capital spend will go to maintenance, including approximately 680 miles of track surfacing and/or undercutting work as well as the replacement of nearly 30 miles of rail and close to 210,000 ties.
Expansion projects in the Lone Star State include:
- new double track between the Alliance Intermodal Facility in Fort Worth and Cleburne;
- two new siding projects on the Madill Subdivision north of Dallas:
- installation of Centralized Traffic Control along the same stretch of the Madill Subdivision; and
- new staging tracks at the Eagle Pass Border Gateway
In California, maintenance work includes includes more than 600 miles of track surfacing and/or undercutting work as well as the replacement of approximately 35 miles of rail and close to 70,000 ties.
Expansion projects in California include:
- adding four miles of quadruple main track in the city of Needles; and
- construction of new production tracks and parking stalls at Barstow.
In New Mexico, BNSF plans to invest approximately $80 million on projects including more than 850 miles of track surfacing and/or undercutting work as well as the replacement of approximately 20 miles of rail and more than 200,000 ties.
Earlier this month, BNSF announced it would will invest $3.57 billion in capital in 2019—a 5% increase from 2018.