BNSF Plans $400 Million in Upgrades to Texas Rail System in 2019

Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway Co. will spend $405 million this year to upgrade its rail system running throughout Texas.The planned investment is part of BNSF's $3.57 billion capital spending program for 2019. Most of that will go to replace and maintain the railroad's core assets. In Texas, the railroad will undertake expansion projects that include a new double-track project between the Alliance Intermodal Facility in Fort Worth and Cleburne, and two siding projects north of Dallas. It's also adding new staging tracks at Eagle Pass Border Gateway to handle growth into Mexico."We operate on nearly 5,000 miles of track in Texas," Janssen Thompson, general manager of operations for BNSF's Red River Division, said in a statement. "Our continued capital investments in this state reflect our continued commitment to enhancing the safety, capacity and fluidity of our railroad and enable us to meet our customers' freight transportation needs."In all, BNSF will perform maintenance on 680 miles of track in Texas and replace nearly 30 additional miles of rail and 210,000 ties.In the last five years, BNSF said it has invested more than $1.8 billion to expand and maintain its network in Texas. BNSF, owned by billionaire Warren Buffett's Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway, operates 32,500 miles of track in 28 states and three Canadian provinces. It's one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain and agricultural products, low-sulfur coal, petroleum, chemicals and housing materials.   Continue reading...

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