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BNSF Railway Co. worked with customers and state and local economic development organizations to build or expand 138 rail facilities across its network in 2014, the Class I announced yesterday.BNSF customers invested nearly $1.5 billion in the projects, which marks the fourth consecutive year they spent more than $1 billion in rail projects to support their businesses, according to a BNSF press release.The 2014 projects include 13 agriculture facilities and 11 crude-oil terminals in various states. Other highlights of BNSF's supply-chain solutions include:• completion of a logistics center in Sweetwater, Texas, where BNSF spent $28 million to replace track and add 40,000 feet of new track at the site.• creation of a Bison Rail and West Electronics INc. transload rail operation in Poplar, Mont., which turned an unused section of track into a shipping port. The Bison Rail is a rail spur off the BNSF mainline that connects a 2,600-foot extension.• installation of a railroad unloading track capable of storing 1 million gallons of propane to resupply the existing terminal facility owned by Alliance Midstream LLC in Benson, Minn."The rail industry as a whole is an indicator of the health of the economy. The diversity of expansion our customers achieved in 2014 is a confirmation of the economic development potential of rail and the value proposition offered by BNSF’s freight rail services," said Steve Bobb, BNSF executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
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