Thursday, February 26, 2015

BNSF Railroad plans $103 million capital program in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) today announced that its 2015 capital program for its operations in Kansas will be an estimated $103 million for rail maintenance and capacity improvement projects. Unlike other modes of freight transportation, U.S. railroads own and maintain their own networks.

To ensure BNSF’s network operates at optimal efficiency, each year the company allocates capital for infrastructure and expansion projects that will enable it to serve the growing needs of customers from a broad cross section of the economy.

 “This year’s substantial investments in Kansas 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 Greg Lawler, BNSF general manager operations Kansas 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 Kansas products to key markets.”

Continuous maintenance of BNSF’s infrastructure ensures an optimized, safe and reliable network.

Maintaining the railroad is important for keeping it in optimal condition and helps limit the need for unscheduled service outages that can slow down the rail network and reduce capacity.

BNSF’s maintenance program in Kansas will include 1,284 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, the replacement nearly 33 miles of rail and about 94,500 ties as well as signal upgrades for federally-mandated positive train control (PTC).

BNSF’s 2015 capital projects in Kansas include:
  • Constructing double track from Bonita to Hillsdale along the Fort Scott subdivision totaling11 miles.
  • Improving the switching efficiency at the Logistics Park Kansas City Intermodal Facility (located in Edgerton) through yard track expansion.
The planned capital investments in Kansas 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.

These investments include $2.9 billion to replace and maintain core network and related assets, nearly $1.5 billion on expansion and efficiency projects, $200 million for continued implementation of PTC and $1.4 billion for locomotives, freight cars and other equipment acquisitions.