MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A quiet Minneapolis neighborhood has been roiled by the BNSF Railway's sudden plan to expand its tracks there.

The railroad plans to expand toward houses while leveling a thick tree buffer that once shielded residents from the 92 trains that pass through every day, including several carrying crude oil.

Reports say the abrupt development illustrates the power of the railroads, which aren't subject to the local approval process that bogs down other big projects.

Some residents recently found stakes in their yards, showing where the railroad says garages, fences and trees are encroaching on its property. BNSF wants those residents to enter into long-term agreements to keep using the land.

Spokeswoman Amy McBeth says it's important to resolve the issue for liability reasons and future home sales.