The city of Belen was built around the railroad and now BNSF is promising to continue its investment.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway says it will spend $80 million on railroad improvements around Belen.
The money will help replace some 110,000 railroad ties, replace track and upgrade components. It will also pay to construct 10 miles of a third main line west of Belen.
BNSF says it’s investing more money around the country to implement Positive Train Control (PTC) on more trains.
The system is designed to stop trains automatically before crashes occur.