KANSAS CITY, Missouri, February 27, 2019 – BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) today announced that its 2019 capital expenditure program in Missouri will be approximately $140 million. The largest component of this year’s capital plan in the state will be for replacing and upgrading rail, rail ties and ballast, which are the main components for the tracks on which BNSF trains operate. These planned maintenance projects help enable BNSF to operate a safe and reliable rail network.
Over the past five years, BNSF has invested more than $935 million to expand and maintain its network in Missouri. This year, the maintenance program in Missouri includes more than 1,070 miles of track surfacing and/or undercutting work as well as the replacement of nearly 45 miles of rail and more than 150,000 ties.
“BNSF’s tracks reach all parts of the state of Missouri, helping consumers get the agricultural, consumer and industrial products they need in their everyday lives,” said Steve Thompson, general manager of operations, Heartland Division. “Each year, we move 5 million carloads on our tracks in Missouri, and our annual maintenance projects play a key role in moving that freight safely.”
The 2019 planned capital investments in the state are part of BNSF’s $3.57 billion network-wide capital expenditure program announced earlier this month. These investments include roughly $2.47 billion to replace and maintain core network and related assets, approximately $760 million on expansion and efficiency projects and about $340 million for freight cars and other equipment acquisitions.
BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies. BNSF operates approximately 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and also operates in three Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain and agricultural products, low-sulfur coal, and industrial goods such as petroleum, chemicals, housing materials, food and beverages. BNSF’s shipments help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced, and efficient railroads in the industry. We work continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve.