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BNSF budgets more than $100 million for MOW work in California


As part of its $2.4 billion capital spending program this year, BNSF Railway Co. plans to spend more than $100 million to expand capacity and maintain infrastructure in California.

The Class I will spend $26 million to expand parking and container stacking capacity at its Hobart intermodal facility in Los Angeles; $16 million to upgrade a mainline near East Barstow; and $9 million to expand parking capacity at its San Bernardino intermodal facility. The railroad also will continue to build a third mainline in the Cajon Subdivision.

In addition, BNSF is allocating about $600 million from its 2006 capital program to acquire 310 environmentally friendly locomotives, many of which will operate in California.

BNSF officials also are awaiting word from the state on a $155 million allocation that would enable a BNSF/California Department of Transportation partnership to add a third rail line and additional overpasses between L.A. and Fullerton.

“The partnership has been invaluable as together we build California’s rail infrastructure for passenger and freight mobility,” said BNSF Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Matt Rose in a prepared statement.

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