BNSF announced that its 2015 capital program for its operations in California will be an estimated USD 141 million for rail capacity improvement projects and maintenance. “This year’s substantial investments in California are a clear reflection of how important our operations in the state are to our overall network and our unwavering commitment to always operating safely – for our people and the communities in which we operate,” said Mark Kirschinger, BNSF general manager operations California Division.
Continuous maintenance of BNSF’s infrastructure ensures an optimized, safe and reliable network. Maintaining the railroad is important for keeping it in optimal condition and helps limit the need for unscheduled service outages that can slow down the rail network and reduce capacity. BNSF’s maintenance program in California will include 880 miles (1416 km) of track surfacing and undercutting work, the replacement of nearly 54 miles (87 km) of rail and close to 118,000 ties. BNSF’s 2015 capital projects in California include the construction of three miles (4.8 km) of double track and a siding as part of the Tehachapi Rail Improvement Project along the Mojave subdivision. It also plans to expand the parking capacity at the Stockton Intermodal Facility.