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BNSF investing $100M on California projects

Keywords: Tags  BNSF Railway, California capital projects, rail replacement, Casper Crude to Rail Terminal, crude oil terminal, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — BNSF Railway Co. plans to invest about $100 million in maintenance and rail capacity expansion projects in California this year.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based company will begin preliminary design work for the Southern California International Gateway—featuring wide-span cranes, ultra-low-emission switching locomotives and low-emission railyard equipment—which will be able to eliminate millions of truck miles from Interstate 710.

BNSF also will expand its automotive facility in San Bernardino, Calif., by adding parking and track to support growth in new automobile traffic, and will build a connection track between BNSF and Union Pacific Railroad main lines near Richmond, Calif.

BNSF also plans to replace more than 100 miles of rail in the state.

Separately, BNSF is a partner in the Casper Crude to Rail Terminal in Casper, Wyo. All permits, funding and customers for the terminal have been secured and construction began Sept. 20, with completion scheduled for late spring next year.

The terminal will connect to Spectra Energy Corp.’s Express Pipeline, for which BNSF will supply unit train and manifest loading of both heavy and light crude oil. The facility will be able to blend oils on site and house both fungible and dedicated tank storage, which can be expanded from its initial capacity of 750,000 barrels to up to 2 million barrels.

"Rail provides producers with the flexibility to transport their crude oil to the optimal destination market. BNSF is pleased to be a part of the continued expansion of crude-by-rail," Dave Garin, BNSF group vice president for industrial products, said in a statement.

The railroad earmarked $4.3 billion for capital projects this year.

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