BNSF plans record ND investments in 2014

By Luke Geiver | March 12, 2014

BNSF has announced investment commitments to North Dakota of $247 million. The rail company informed Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., of the investments after her call for action. “In 2014 we plan to make our largest, single-year capital investment in our company’s history. Our investments of capital in expansion and maintainence in North Dakota will be a critical part of efficiently, and safely, facilitating the growth from the state, in particular,” BNSF CEO Carl Ice said, “crude and agriculture, and growth elsewhere from our network.”

BNSF will make the following investments:

-$162 million to double track the rail line from Minot, N.D., to Glasgow, Mont., to help address major congestion issues for westbound traffic to destinations in the Pacific Northwest.

-$26 million to add sub sidings to address congestion from Fargo, N.D., to Grand Forks, N.D.

-$14 million to add sub sidings to address congestion from Fargo, N.D., to Glendive, Mont.

-$13 million to add sub sidings to address congestion from Minot, N.D., to Grand Forks, N.D.

-$13 million to add sub sidings and an interchange track to address congestion from Canada to the U.S.

-$11 million for centrailized traffic control to improve service from Bismarck, N.D., to Fargo, N.D.

-$8 million to add sub sidings and conduct signal work along track from Fargo, N.D., to Minot, N.D.

The company also recently issued a request for proposal to major rail-car manufacturers to submit bids for the construction of 5,000 next-generation tank cars used to move crude oil. The RFP process will provide market participants more certainty sooner, according to Amy McBeth, BNSF spokesperson, and help to create more rail cars with stronger car standards that than those currently required for crude cars.