BNSF Railway will spend $106 million to maintain and improve its 1,020 miles of track in Washington this year, the railroad said today.
That work is part of $3.9 billion of work the railroad plans to do nationwide to keep up and enhance its rail network.
BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said that work will include rail resurfacing and tie replacement on the railroad’s mainline through Tacoma. BNSF and Union Pacific, which has trackage rights on the line between Seattle and Portland, operate about 60 trains a day on the route. That includes a handful of Amtrak passenger trains each way.
Among the projects, is a new lead track to the Port of Longview to better access export terminals there.
The railroad is paying particular attention to its line on the north bank of the Columbia River, between Vancouver and Pasco. That route is one of three east-west routes that BNSF maintains across the state. One crosses the Cascades east of Everett through the Cascade tunnel. A second route cuts through Tacoma’s Green River watershed east of Auburn.