BNSF will expand capacity in Montana by building three new unit train staging tracks about three miles east of Glasgow and will add machine vision technology at Miles City to help detect damaged equipment and enhance safety. The Class I railroad will also continue its track maintenance program in Montana, which will include more than 2,300 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, the replacement of nearly 100 miles of rail and about 310,000 ties, as well as signal upgrades for positive train control.
In North Dakota, BNSF’s capacity expansion plans include constructing, extending and improving numerous sidings; raising 10 miles of track over Devils Lake to keep the track above rising water; upgrading the line between Berthold and Northgate; installing centralized traffic control signal systems on some sidings; constructing a new double crossover track east of Williston; and lengthening existing tracks or adding new tracks at BNSF’s railyards in Mandan, Minot and Williston. The railway will also continue its track maintenance program, which will include nearly 1,900 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work, the replacement of about 315 miles of railroad and 415,000 ties, as well as signal upgrades for PTC.
“We are focused on investing to meet our customers’ expectations and on expanding capacity where growth is occurring,” said Matthew K. Rose, chairman and CEO of BNSF Railway, in a written statement.