BNSF Railway has allocated $125 million for maintenance and rail capacity expansion projects in Washington this year.
BNSF will expand capacity in Washington by constructing two receiving and departure tracks nearly 7,000 feet long at BNSF’s Delta yard in Everett, expanding BNSF’s automotive distribution facility at Orillia and upgrading signals for positive train control. The Class I railroad will also continue track maintenance with nearly 2,800 miles of track surfacing and undercutting work and the replacement of about 175 miles of rail and 110,000 railroad ties.
“BNSF’s capital investments in Washington will help ensure our network is prepared for growing demand for freight rail,” said Matthew K. Rose, chairman and CEO of BNSF, in a written statement.
The planned capital investments in Washington are part of BNSF’s record 2013 capital commitment of $4.3 billion. BNSF also recently announced similar plans for Montana and North Dakota.