FORT WORTH, TEXAS, U.S. — Investments from customers served by BNSF Railway totaled approximately $3 billion in 2018, marking the eighth consecutive year in which the railway’s customers have invested more than $1 billion in a calendar year for new or expanded facilities.

The 2018 investments went toward a wide range of commodities, including agriculture, consumer products, frozen meat and paper. Among the investments was a $40 million capital investment from Dakota Plains toward a new corn shuttle facility in Napa Junction, South Dakota, U.S.

“Customer investments of this scale emphasize how our rail network can be an integral part of a creative transportation solution for a wide variety of businesses and industries,” said Colby Tanner, assistant vice-president of economic development at BNSF. “BNSF works tirelessly to help make locating on or near rail a quick and painless process.”

BNSF operates approximately 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and also operates in three Canadian provinces.