BNSF 2014 Capital Spending Now in Full Swing

$1 billion going to Northern Corridor states for Expansion and Maintenance

FORT WORTH, Texas--()--BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) has kicked-off its plan to invest approximately $1 billion to improve and expand rail capacity in states along its Northern Corridor, which spans the northern U.S. between the Pacific Northwest and Chicago. Some of the projects that will help expand capacity and improve traffic flow for all freight and passenger trains for current and future growth on those routes are well underway.

“Following our record capital investment in 2013 of $4 billion, we are making the most significant capital investment in our history of approximately $5 billion this year,” said Carl Ice, president and chief executive officer of BNSF Railway. “Our capital investments along the Northern Corridor are critical to expanding our capacity to support the region’s rapidly growing economy, improving our ability to meet our customers’ expectations and ensuring our railroad remains the safest mode of ground transportation for freight.”

Highlights of BNSF’s planned capital investments along the Northern Corridor include parts of North Dakota, Washington, Montana, Illinois and Minnesota.

North Dakota

BNSF plans to invest approximately $400 million in North Dakota to expand rail capacity, replace and maintain the network infrastructure, and continue the implementation of Positive Train Control technology.

Expansion projects include:

  • Completing construction of a second mainline track, referred to as double track, between Minot, N.D. and Glasgow, Mont. to expand capacity for all traffic moving on this route in the Northern Corridor.
  • Constructing new sidings, tracks adjacent to the mainline track, to expand capacity by enabling more trains to meet and pass one another on the predominately single track routes between:
    • Fargo, N.D. and Grand Forks, N.D.
    • Fargo, N.D. and Minot, N.D.
    • Bismarck, N.D. and Glendive, Mont.
    • Minot, N.D. and Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Upgrading to a Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) signal system to improve train movements between Bismarck, N.D. and Fargo, N.D.

* Maintenance projects include:

  • Surfacing and undercutting of more than 930 miles of track.
  • Replacing about 110 miles of rail.
  • Replacing more than 330,000 ties.

Washington

BNSF plans to invest approximately $235 million in Washington to expand rail capacity, replace and maintain the network infrastructure, and continue the implementation of PTC technology.

Expansion projects include:

  • Constructing second mainline track at various locations on the route between Cheney, Wash. and Mesa, Wash.
  • Constructing two new staging tracks near Everett, Wash.
  • Installing a power switch at Anacortes, Wash.
  • Planned property improvements to enhance operations at the intermodal facilities in Spokane and South Seattle, Wash.

* Maintenance projects include:

  • Surfacing and undercutting of more than 1,200 miles of track.
  • Replacing about 60 miles of rail.
  • Replacing more than 113,000 ties.

Montana

BNSF plans to invest approximately $160 million in Montana to expand rail capacity, replace and maintain the network infrastructure, and continue the implementation of PTC technology.

Expansion projects include:

  • Extending track lengths at train yards in Glendive and Forsyth, Mont.
  • Constructing a siding between Marsh and Terry, Mont.
  • Extending train sidings at Beaver Hill, Blatchford, Hodges, Hysham and Rosebud, Mont.
  • Upgrading to CTC and extending a train siding at Terry, Mont.

* Maintenance projects include:

  • Surfacing and undercutting of more than 900 miles of track.
  • Replacing about 60 miles of rail.
  • Replacing more than 145,000 ties.

Illinois

BNSF plans to invest approximately $150 million in Illinois to expand rail capacity, replace and maintain the network infrastructure, and continue the implementation of PTC technology. Approximately $12 million will be spent on expansion projects in the Chicago area.

Expansion projects include:

  • Constructing parking expansions at the Willow Springs Intermodal Facility and the Logistics Park Chicago Automotive Facility in Hodgkins and Elwood, Ill. respectively.
  • Constructing a new siding between Barstow and Hillsdale, Ill.

* Maintenance projects include:

  • Surfacing and undercutting of more than 1,500 miles of track.
  • Replacing about 36 miles of rail.
  • Replacing more than 185,000 ties.

Minnesota

BNSF plans to invest approximately $120 million in Minnesota to expand rail capacity, replace and maintain the network, and continue the implementation of PTC technology.

Expansion projects include:

  • Parking expansions at the St. Paul Intermodal Facility in St. Paul, Minn.
  • Adding track extensions in Gunn, Minn.
  • Construction of a new siding and new interchange tracks close to the Canadian border near St. Vincent, Minn.

* Maintenance projects include:

  • Surfacing and undercutting of more than 600 miles of track.
  • Replacing about 72 miles of rail.
  • Replacing more than 340,000 ties.

The investments BNSF is making along the Northern Corridor will benefit the movement of all commodities in the states along that route. This year, BNSF also plans to invest approximately $30 million in South Dakota, approximately $50 million in Wisconsin and approximately $10 million in Idaho for projects that either expand capacity or help maintain the network infrastructure. South Dakota will benefit from BNSF Northern Corridor investments made in neighboring states. Most (approximately 75 to 80 percent) of the corn and soybeans produced in South Dakota is exported with the majority of those crops being delivered to ports in the Pacific Northwest on BNSF’s network.

The planned capital investments along the Northern Corridor are part of BNSF’s record 2014 capital commitment of $5 billion, which BNSF announced in February. As part of this plan, BNSF plans to spend approximately $1.6 billion on locomotive, freight car and other equipment acquisitions, which will be put into service all across its network. Since the year 2000, BNSF has invested $42 billion to improve and expand its freight rail network.

About BNSF

BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies operating on 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain and agricultural products, low-sulfur coal, and industrial goods such as petroleum, chemicals, housing materials, food and beverages. BNSF’s shipments help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced, and efficient railroads in the industry. We work continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve. You can learn more about BNSF at www.BNSF.com.

* Maintenance projects cited are planned all across the respective states and all maintenance projects may not occur on our main line along the Northern Corridor.

Projects presented are the BNSF capital projects as of this date; changes may be made to the projects throughout the year.

Contacts

BNSF Railway
Amy Casas, 817-867-6139
Amy.Casas@BNSF.com

Release Summary

BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) has kicked-off its plan to invest approximately $1 billion to improve and expand rail capacity in states along its Northern Corridor.

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BNSF Railway
Amy Casas, 817-867-6139
Amy.Casas@BNSF.com