$30B paid out for BNSF rail deal

The Federal Railroad Administration said Thursday it paid out $30 billion in payments to nine railroads in the U.S. for track upgrades and maintenance projects related to the 2010 earthquake that killed 16, injured 1,000 people and shut down the entire nation’s rail system for more than a year.

In addition to the payment, BNSFs $3 billion payment for train repairs in Oklahoma City and a $2 billion payment in the San Francisco Bay Area will go toward paying for other rail projects.

BNS Fords total payout will rise to $100 billion after the earthquake, which was centered in Oklahoma and involved multiple rail and pipeline systems.

The federal government has also paid out billions for rail maintenance, including $10 billion for the Pacific Coast Line and $8 billion for Amtrak.

The quake shut down parts of the Pacific Northwest and the San Joaquin Valley and killed at least 15 people.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the agency that manages the region, said it was providing $20 million to the families of the dead.

The railroad that made the payments was Pacific Northwest Railroad, which is based in Spokane, Wash.

BNNF, which operates more than 4,000 miles of track, was formed in 2012 and was one of the first railroads to take responsibility for its operations after the 2008 financial crisis.

It has since earned a reputation for safety, quality of service and reliability.

The payments are among a number of federal grants that have helped BNS expand its infrastructure and provide more train service.

In March, the company said it would be adding a new line in Utah, the first such line in the country, and adding another in Texas.