KCS to invest $5.6m in rail line through Mississippi

Investment to fund construction and improvement projects on railway's Louisville subdivision.

Kansas City Southern (KCS) announced Oct. 12 that its subsidiary, The Kansas City Southern Railway Co. (KCSR), is investing approximately $5.6 million in 2016 on construction and improvement projects on its Louisville subdivision.

Cross-tie and crossing improvements are planned between Philadelphia, Pa., and Newton, Miss., starting Oct. 25 through early November. The communities KCSR will be working through include Philadelphia, Neshoba, Union, Decatur and Newton, Miss. In total, the project work will include the replacement of 27,000 cross-ties as well as improvements to 26 road crossings.

“KCS, through its U.S. and Mexican subsidiaries, continues to invest in capital projects to expand network capacity, keep maintenance in a regular and healthy cycle and enhance the safety of our operation,” KCS president and chief executive officer Patrick J. Ottensmeyer said. “These investments also help us be an economic growth partner to our customers and the communities through which we operate.”

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is KCSR, which serves the Central and South Central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50% interest in Panama Canal Railway Co., providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. Its North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a railway system linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

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