Like CSX and BNSF, NS has committed a significant portion of its budget, some $US 229m, to the continuing implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC). NS also expects to spend $US 84m in infrastructure improvements that will increase mainline capacity and accommodate growing traffic, as well as its match funds for PPP projects such as Chicago's Create initiative and the Crescent Corridor. In addition, $US 57m has been allocated to technology upgrades for systems and IT.
"Our capital plan will maintain the safety and quality of our existing franchise, improve service quality and performance, achieve operational efficiencies, and productivity improvements, and support business growth," says Mr Wick Moorman, NS CEO. "We continue to invest in the infrastructure, equipment, and technology necessary to provide the best possible service to our customers."