Kansas City Southern Invests $19M to Improve Rail Safety
Kansas City Southern, Kansas City, Mo., and its U.S. subsidiary, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR), will invest approximately $19 million in 2015 on construction and improvement projects on KCSR’s Beaumont Subdivision line, which runs from Beaumont, Texas, to DeQuincy, La. These projects will help grow capacity, as well as maintain and enhance safety on the KCS cross-border network.
This work is in the final phase of a multi-year improvement program on the Beaumont Subdivision. Work will begin on April 21 and continue through the end of May, and will include the replacement of 20 miles of rail and 40,000 cross ties, as well as improvements to 10 road crossings in Mauriceville, Texas, and Starks and DeQuincy, La.
“KCS, through its U.S. and Mexican subsidiaries, continues to invest an industry-leading percentage of its annual revenues to capital projects that expand our network’s capacity, keep our maintenance in a regular and healthy cycle and grow our ability to handle the economic growth that is occurring along our network,” says David Starling, chief executive officer. “Our system-wide 2015 investment continues this trend and helps us be a growth partner for our customers and the communities we serve.”
In Texas, KCSR owns and operates 578 miles of railroad and operates an additional 349 miles of railroad via trackage rights. In addition, KCSR provides service to three intermodal facilities, one automotive facility, the Gulf ports of Beaumont, Corpus Christi and Port Arthur and 42 transload facilities in the state.
In Louisiana, KCSR owns and operates 915 miles of rail infrastructure. KCSR also serves the Louisiana river ports of Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Natchitoches and the Gulf port of New Orleans, as well as 17 transload facilities in the state.