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Part 1 : Freight and passenger railroads ramp up 2014 budgets to improve more infrastructure
Part 2 : Large freight railroads forge a heavy slate of infrastructure work for 2014
Part 3 : Small freight railroads' infrastructure programs suggest a busy year
Part 4 : Passenger railroads share ambitious infrastructure programs for 2014
— by Jeff Stagl, Managing Editor
The overriding themes of our 13th annual MOW Spending Report mirror those from the past several reports. A majority of the 72 freight and passenger railroads that responded to Progressive Railroading's 2014 survey by mid-March — from among more than 250 railroads polled — expect to spend more on maintenance-of-way work and take on more projects on a year-over-year basis.
Thirty-eight of 58 Class Is, regionals, short lines, holding companies, transit agencies and passenger railroads that provided comparable spending figures for 2013 and 2014, or at least characterized this year's budget, have allocated more dollars for MOW compared with '13 programs.
Overall, billions of dollars are pegged for both typical MOW projects, such as replacing rail, ties and ballast, and atypical ones, including the installation of fiber optic cable and construction of a fare collection facility.
To complete all planned work, track time will continue to be a precious commodity — as always — in the face of mounting traffic and ridership.
The three online sections divided by Class Is, regionals/short lines and passenger railroads detail the ambitious agendas set by respondents as they seek to bolster more infrastructure in '14.