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BNSF on track to close more than 400 redundant grade crossings by year end

In 2003, Burlington Northern Santa Fe plans to close 420 redundant grade crossings. So far, the Class I has closed 163 of them.

Since 2000, the railroad has been conducting corridor studies to identify redundant branch lines and crossings.

During a corridor study, a BNSF team examines about 50 crossings, determines each crossing's owner (if private) and alternate access, and consults with landowners and local authorities. Team members then identify which crossings could be closed or consolidated.

BNSF-compiled statistics have shown that 10 percent to 25 percent of the Class I's redundant crossings could be eliminated, according to a prepared statement.

The railroad's 32,500-mile network features more than 31,300 crossings.

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