US-based freight transport firm BNSF Railway (BNSF) is planning to invest $120m in California during 2012 for railway maintenance, capacity improvements and expansion projects.
As part of the project, a new automated gate system will be installed at BNSF's Hobart Intermodal Facility to increase the velocity of container / trailer processing.
The investment will also be used for a track maintenance programme, which will include 786 miles of surfacing and undercutting work, as well as the replacement of 40 miles of rail and 377,000 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 California businesses and communities, and will expand opportunities to create more jobs and growth for the California economy."
The investment in California is part of BNSF's $3.9bn capital investment plan for 2012, which will include $2.1bn spending on the core network and around $1.1bn on locomotives, freight cars and equipment.
An estimated $300m will be invested in federally-mandated PTC technology and $400m towards terminal, line and intermodal expansion and efficiency projects.
Earlier this month, the company announced it would invest $111m in Montana for railway maintenance.
Image: BNSF plans to carry out 786 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work as well as replace 40 miles of rail and 377,000 ties. Photo: courtesy of Ron Reiring.