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BNSF Plans $199 Million Capital Program in Texas to Maintain and Expand Rail Capacity

Texas Business reports:  FORT WORTH—BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) plans to invest an estimated $199 million on maintenance and rail capacity improvement and expansion projects in Texas this year.

BNSF's 2012 capacity enhancement projects in Texas include expansion of rail capacity at Tower 55 in Fort Worth, the realignment of BNSF's mainline for the extension of the Alliance Airport runway just north of Fort Worth, replacement of the Galveston Causeway Bridge, installation of wheel detectors in Galveston, improvements to BNSF's Amarillo car shop, as well as significant signal upgrades for federally mandated positive train control (PTC).

BNSF will also continue its track maintenance program in Texas, which will include 1,341 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, and the replacement of 84 miles of rail and about 563,000 ties.

“BNSF's investments will improve our ability to provide rail freight services to Texas businesses and communities, and will expand opportunities to create more jobs and growth for the Texas economy,” said chief executive Matthew K. Rose in a prepared statement.

The planned capital investments in Texas are part of BNSF's total 2012 capital commitment of $3.9 billion. The largest component of the capital plan is spending $2.1 billion on BNSF's core network and related assets.

BNSF also plans to spend approximately $1.1 billion on locomotive, freight car and other equipment acquisitions, many of which will serve Texas. The program also includes about $300 million for federally mandated positive train control and $400 million for terminal, line and intermodal expansion and efficiency projects.

 BNSF Railway is one of North America's freight transportation companies operating on 32,000 route miles of track in 28 states and two Canadian provinces.