US class I railways invests in core network
BNSF’s 2021 capital investment plan totals USD 2.99 billion. The largest component will be to replace and maintain BNSF’s core network and related assets, the US class I railway said.
The maintain projects include nearly 17,700 km of track surfacing and/or undercutting work and the replacement of 700 km of rail and 2.6m rail ties. BNSF will invest USD 400 million in expansion and efficiency projects.
On its Southern Transcon route, the railway will maintain a multi-year effort to add several segments of new double-track in eastern Kansas. In the Pacific Northwest, BNSF will continue a multi-year bridge project near Sandpoint, Idaho. About USD 180 million is intended for the acquisition of freight cars and other equipment. (ben)