BNSF 's 2015 capital program for its operations in Nebraska will be an estimated $226 million for rail capacity improvement projects and maintenance.
“This year’s substantial investments in Nebraska 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 Janssen Thompson, BNSF general manager operations, Nebraska 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 Nebraska products to key markets.”
BNSF’s 2015 capital projects in Nebraska include constructing two double track segments on the Ravenna subdivision between Bradshaw and Aurora and Pleasant Dale and Milford totaling 18 miles. These projects are expected to greatly improve capacity on this heavily-trafficked coal route.
BNSF’s maintenance program in Nebraska will include 2,014 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work and the replacement of close to 55 miles of rail and about 214,000 ties, as well as signal upgrades for Positive Train Control.
The planned capital investments in Nebraska are part of BNSF’s record 2015 capital commitment of $6 billion, which was announced last November and is the company’s largest planned capital expenditure in its history.