Commuter rail traffic that operates on the BNSF network of rail, such as Northstar and Amtrak, should experience less frequent delays as a result of expanded routes and traffic control projects, said Amy McBeth, spokesperson for BNSF.
also said the company is adding locomotives and staff to help address increasing demand from shippers from all sectors.
Announcements regarding capital spending by BNSF
in other states in the region are coming soon, McBeth
Expansion has become necessary due to a spike in crude oil rail shipments.
According to the Association of American Railroads
, the amount of crude oil terminated carloads -- cars which were unloaded -- in the U.S. increased nearly sixfold from 2011 to 2013, from just less than 75,000 to nearly 450,000.
said Minnesota has experienced a "significant" increase in rail traffic due to oil drilling in North Dakota's Bakken oilfields.