BNSF to improve rail capacity in Montana, US

27 May 2012 (Last Updated May 27th, 2012 18:30)

BNSF Railway (BNSF) is planning to invest $111m in the US state of Montana during 2012 for railway maintenance, capacity improvements and expansion projects.

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BNSF Railway (BNSF) is planning to invest $111m in the US state of Montana during 2012 for railway maintenance, capacity improvements and expansion projects.

Under the project, BNSF will investment in a track maintenance programme, which will include 956 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, as well as the replacement of 54 miles of rail and 210,000 ties.

BNSF is also planning to upgrade signals for a US government-mandated positive train control (PTC) system.

BNSF chairman and chief executive officer Matthew Rose said: "BNSF's investments will improve our ability to provide rail freight services to Montana businesses and communities, and will expand opportunities to create more jobs and growth for the Montana economy."

The Montana outlay is part of the company's $3.9bn capital investment programme for 2012, the largest portion of which will go into $2.1bn improvements of the railway's core network and related assets. BNSF is also planning to invest $1.1bn on locomotives, freight cars and other equipment acquisitions.

About $300m will be invested for federally-mandated PTC technology and $400m for terminal, line and intermodal expansion and efficiency projects.

Earlier this month, the company had also planned to invest $199m in Texas and $30m in South Dakota for railway maintenance. 


Image: BNSF's investment will improve its ability to provide rail freight services in Montana Texas, US. Photo: courtesy of Railfan Jack.