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BNSF Plans to Spend $326 Million on North Dakota Projects
Post Date: Feb 12 2015

By The Daily News
BNSF Railway plans to spend about $326 million this year on improving rail capacity and maintenance in North Dakota, where agricultural shippers say a backlog of railcars is hurting them financially.

The 2015 projects include building 37 miles of double track between Minot and Williston; installing of traffic control signaling near Devils Lake, Dickinson, Hillsboro and Jamestown to improve traffic flow; extending siding between Mandan and Glendive, Montana, enabling trains on the same line to pass one another; and upgrading the capacity of the rail yard in Dickinson.

The work will help connect North Dakota products to key markets and improve Amtrak's Empire Builder passenger line, which operates on the BNSF network, company spokesman Tom Albanese said.

"We know our customers are competing in a fast-paced, global economy where a smooth, efficient supply chain can be the difference between winning and losing in the marketplace," he said.

Members of North Dakota's congressional delegation issued statements saying the BNSF upgrades should help further reduce the backlog of railcars, which Rep. Kevin Cramer, D-N.D., said already has been easing in recent weeks.

"This, along with (the railroad's) record-setting commitment to improve the entire U.S. rail network, will help North Dakota's resources get to market safely and quickly," he said.

BNSF announced in November it would spend $6 billion in 2015 for capital improvements throughout its system. The railway operates in 28 states and three Canadian provinces.

BNSF Plans to Spend $326 Million on North Dakota Projects - The Daily News
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