BNSF plans track improvements in Oklahoma to boost rail capacity
(Source: BNSF Railway press release, September 16, 2013)
FORT WORTH, Texas — BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) plans to invest an estimated $125 million on maintenance and rail capacity expansion projects in Oklahoma this year.
BNSF's 2013 capacity improvement projects in Oklahoma include constructing 3.5 miles of new second main track between Sequoyah and DeGroat; constructing a new siding near Camp; extending existing sidings near Morrison and Mannford; constructing a bypass connection at Cherokee yard in Tulsa for BNSF's lines to Avard and Springfield, Missouri; constructing a connection track at Avard between the line to Tulsa and BNSF's Transcon route between Chicago and the Southwest; and replacing a bridge near Ponca City, Okla.
BNSF will continue its robust track maintenance program in Oklahoma, which will include more than 2,200 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, the replacement of 60 miles of rail and about 225,000 ties, as well as significant signal upgrades for the federally mandated positive train control (PTC).
The planned capital investments in Oklahoma are part of BNSF's record 2013 capital commitment of $4.3 billion. The largest component of the capital plan is spending $2.3 billion on BNSF's core network and related assets. BNSF also plans to spend approximately $1 billion on locomotive, freight car and other equipment acquisitions, many of which will serve Oklahoma. The program also includes about $200 million for positive train control and $800 million for terminal, line and intermodal expansion and efficiency projects.
Unlike other modes of transportation, U.S. freight railroads use their own private dollars, not tax dollars, to build and maintain their freight rail networks. Since the year 2000, BNSF has invested more than $42 billion to improve and expand its freight rail network.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013