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Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Spending $100 Million in Kansas in 2016

Typical railroad tracks in Kansas; these are located near Baldwin City. (Photo by J. Schafer)

Officials with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company say they will spend $100 million in 2016 in Kansas as part of a capital expenditure program. According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, the dollars will be spent primarily on maintenance projects - replacing and upgrading rail, rail ties and ballast. “A safe and reliable network is critical to connecting products with key consumer markets whether they are in Kansas, across the nation or around the world,” said Matthew Garland, BNSF general manager of operations, Kansas Division.  The Kansas maintenance program includes about 1,480 miles of track surfacing and/or undercutting work, replacement of more than 60 miles of rail and about 210,000 ties, and signal upgrades to comply with federally-mandated positive train control. In addition, the company’s Logistics Park Kansas City will see enhancements to enable direct rail/carload service from the facility.

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