North American freight transport company BNSF Railway is set to invest nearly $240m for maintenance and rail capacity expansion programmes in Texas, US in 2013.
The company’s capacity improvement projects in Texas this year include increasing rail capacity at Tower 55 in Fort Worth, finishing the replacement of the Galveston Causeway Bridge and deploying a siding extension near Somerville.
BNSF is also planning the expansion of the Houston Intermodal Facility, the construction of a loop track facility in San Antonio, as well as considerable signal upgrades for federally-mandated positive train control (PTC).
In addition, BNSF will progress with its Texas track maintenance programme, which will consist of 4,400 miles of track surfacing and undercutting works, along with the replacement of nearly 115 miles of rail and 690,000 ties in the state.
BNSF Railway chairman and chief executive officer Matthew Rose said that the company’s capital investments in Texas will help ensure its network is prepared for growing demand for freight rail.
"We are focused on investing to meet our customers’ expectations and on expanding capacity where growth is occurring," Rose said.
"Given the importance of a low-cost supply chain to the US economy, our privately funded rail infrastructure is well positioned to help Texas compete in global markets."
The investments in the state are part of the company’s 2013 capital commitment of $4.3bn, of which $2.3bn will be spent on BNSF’s core network and related assets.
BNSF plans to spend $1bn to acquire locomotives, freight cars and other equipment, as well as a $200m allocation for PTC upgrades and $800m for terminal, line and intermodal expansion and efficiency schemes.
BNSF says it has invested more than $42bn since 2000 for the enhancement and expansion of its freight rail network.
Image: BNSF will progress with its Texas track maintenance programme, which will consist of about 4,400 miles of track surfacing and undercutting works, along with rail and tie replacement. Photo: courtesy of Ron Reiring.