BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) has announced 2018 investments for the states of Illinois, Nebraska and New Mexico.
The company will invest approximately $150 million of its 2018 capital expenditure program for rail infrastructure in Illinois. Most of this will be for the replacing and upgrading of rail, rail ties and ballast.
“Illinois is a vital link in BNSF’s 32,500 route-mile network and a key interchange point with other railroads enabling us to serve customers in Canadian and eastern U.S. markets,” said Jason Jenkins, general manager of operations, Chicago Division. “In total, nearly 2.9 million carloads and intermodal units are shipped to or from Illinois every year, making operating a safe and efficient rail network a priority in the state.”
BNSF will also invest approximately $110 million in Nebraska rail infrastructure and approximately $80 million for New Mexico rail infrastructure. Most of the investments will be for replacing and upgrading the main components for the tracks including rail, rail ties and ballast.