BNSF is investing nearly $220 million in Washington this year. Our plan is focused on maintenance projects that ensure we continue operating a safe and reliable network and support growing customer demand.
The largest component of this year’s capital plan in the state will be replacing and upgrading rail, rail ties and ballast. Regular maintenance allows BNSF to keep its infrastructure in excellent condition, thus reducing the need for unscheduled service work that slows down the network and reduces capacity.
BNSF’s maintenance program in Washington:
• 1,260+ miles of track surfacing and/or undercutting work
• Approximately 70 miles of rail replaced
• Approximately 243,000 rail ties replaced
• $550+ million invested in WA over three years
• Continued replacement of Washougal River bridge in Camas
• Signal upgrades for federally mandated positive train control (PTC)
These planned capital investments are part of BNSF’s $4.2 billion network-wide capital expenditure program, which includes: $2.8 billion to replace and maintain core network and related assets; approximately $500 million on expansion and efficiency projects; $300 for PTC implementation; and more than $600 million for locomotives, freight cars, and other equipment acquisitions.