To maintain and expand rail capacity
BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) recently announced that its 2015 capital program for its operations in Oklahoma will be an estimated $118 million for rail maintenance and capacity improvement projects. Unlike other modes of freight transportation, U.S. railroads own and maintain their own networks.
“This year’s substantial investments in Oklahoma are a clear reflection of how important our operations in the state are to our overall network and our unwavering commitment to always operating safely – for our people and the communities in which we operate,” said Leif Smith, BNSF general manager operations Springfield Division.
BNSF’s maintenance program in Oklahoma will include 1,118 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, the replacement of 38 miles of rail and about 40,000 ties.
BNSF’s 2015 capital projects in Oklahoma include improvements in the Cherokee Yard and constructing two double track segments on the Panhandle subdivision between Noel and Avard and Loder and milepost 323 totaling 18 miles resulting in the more efficient movement of trains.
The planned capital investments in Oklahoma are part of BNSF’s record 2015 capital commitment of $6 billion, which was announced last November.
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