BISMARCK, North Dakota — 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.
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Source: Associated Press