BNSF plans $175 million capital program in Washington for 2019

  • Friday, February 22, 2019 9:41am
  • Business
COURTESY PHOTO, BNSF

COURTESY PHOTO, BNSF

BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) Railway Company plans to invest about $175 million in Washington this year as part of the railroad’s capital expenditure program.

Much of this year’s capital plan in the state will be for replacing and upgrading rail, rail ties and ballast, which are the main components for the tracks on which BNSF trains operate, the company said.

Maintaining rail network infrastructure reduces the need for unscheduled service work that can slow down the BNSF rail network and reduce capacity, the company said. Over the past five years, BNSF has invested approximately $1 billion to expand and maintain its network in Washington. This year, the maintenance program in Washington includes approximately 820 miles of track surfacing and/or undercutting work as well as the replacement of about 50 miles of rail and close to 130,000 ties, the company said.

The 2019 planned capital investments in the state are part of BNSF’s $3.57 billion network-wide capital expenditure program announced earlier this month. These investments include roughly $2.47 billion to replace and maintain core network and related assets, approximately $760 million on expansion and efficiency projects and about $340 million for freight cars and other equipment acquisitions.

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