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BNSF details capital spending plans for Kansas, Missouri


Yesterday, BNSF Railway Co. announced it plans to spend $242 million in Kansas and $130 million in Missouri for rail maintenance and capacity improvement projects.

In Kansas, the Class I will continue constructing the Kansas City Intermodal Facility near Edgerton, improving the Topeka locomotive shops, and making “significant” signal upgrades related to positive train control (PTC) implementation, according to a press release. BNSF also plans to surface and undercut 619 miles of track, and replace 57 miles of rail and 247,000 ties in the state.

In Missouri, the railroad plans to surface and undercut 1,507 miles of track, replace 103 miles of rail and 122,000 ties, and upgrade signals for PTC.

The work is part of BNSF’s $3.9 billion 2012 capital program, which calls for spending $2.1 billion on its core network and related assets; $1.1 billion on locomotive, freight car and other equipment acquisitions; $400 million for terminal, line and intermodal expansion and efficiency projects; and $300 million for PTC.

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