- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - BNSF Railway says it plans to spend nearly $100 million on replacing and upgrading rails and other capital improvement projects around New Mexico this year.

The company announced its spending plans Thursday, saying the focus will be on making improvements that are in line with forecasted demand for freight services.

Company officials say another goal is to ensure that BNSF continues to operate a safe and reliable railway network.

The company’s plan includes surfacing and other improves along some 900 miles of track, the replacement of about 15 miles of rail and thousands of ties as well as signal upgrades for federally mandated positive train control.

This year’s investment is in addition to more than $325 million spent by the railroad in New Mexico over the past three years.

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