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BNSF takes steps toward electrification
April 20, 2009
Trains Newswire:  FORT WORTH, Texas - BNSF Railway is in talks to see major power lines installed over or beneath some of its routes, which CEO Matt Rose said could lead to electrification, the Journal of Commerce has reported. Rose said the plan is in its infancy, and would require some federal money to make happen.
"We have had conversations with two, if not three, outside organizations," Rose said, "around using railroad right-of-way for different opportunities of electrification." Though he said nothing will be happening immediately, he said the railroad is in "serious" talks with two companies.
In all, Rose said electrifying all of BNSF's mainline routes would cost about $10 billion. He said that's too expensive for BNSF to contemplate now, but that the power line projects would be a starting point.
Rose brought up the idea of electrification in an interview with TRAINS Editor Jim Wrinn, published in the September 2008 issue. His latest statements indicate the railroad is taking the first steps in this direction. Rose said the possibility of a federal carbon-pricing plan would be the likely impetus for electrification.
"There's lots of good news, and lots of not so good news, in that for the railroads," he said of the plan, which President Obama plugged during his campaign last year.


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