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BNSF outlines maintenance work in Colorado, Wyoming


BNSF Railway Co. continues to invest in capital projects throughout the western United States.

In Colorado, the Class I will spend $80 million this year for maintenance, and capacity improvement and expansion work. BNSF plans to build a new maintenance-of-way facility, upgrade signals for positive train control (PTC), surface and undercut 325 miles of track, and replace 50 miles of rail and 211,000 ties.

In Wyoming, the Class I plans to spend $60 million on various projects, such as surfacing and undercutting 1,115 miles of track, and replacing 31 miles of rail and 36,000 ties.

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

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