CSX plans to step up its track capacity expansion efforts in 2017.
The company’s associate vice president—engineering, Tod Echler, told the National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association convention this week that CSX will add 49 miles of new track in eight states as part of its capacity expansion projects.
He did not provide further details about other 2017 capital spending plans, saying only that track expansion will exceed what the railroad did in 2016.
Among the capital projects for this year is revamping the Howard Street Tunnel in Baltimore, a 1.7-mile single-track bore built in 1895. It will be enlarged to allow double-stack container trains to use it.
That project, for which CSX has yet to land all of the $1.3 billion funding, will take four to five years to complete.
In 2016, CSX added 20 miles of new track in four states and opened the first of its rebuilt Virginia Avenue tunnels. The second of those tunnels is expected to open in 2018, clearing the way for stack trains to operate between Chicago and Portsmouth, Virginia.