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BNSF's superior intermodal network speeds goods 20 percent faster than the next leading intermodal provider, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). BNSF's Intermodal door-to-door consistency is 97 percent.

BNSF Intermodal Service Tools

Intermodal Service Schedules

Review BNSF's Intermodal Service Schedules Summaries

Domestic Expedited Containers  

Domestic Expedited Trailers  

Domestic Standard Containers  

Other Service Information

California to Northeast (BNSF-NS) Brochure  

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BNSF's intermodal network is made up of some of the largest and most modern intermodal hub facilities in the industry — facilities that are designed to move your shipments across the BNSF system faster than ever before.

Find out where the BNSF intermodal facilities are located or print the Intermodal Facility Guide .

Facility Policies

Driver and Parking Guide 
Driver in-gate and general parking procedures.

Regions Domestic and Regions International  
Represents BNSF intermodal hubs and groupings in contractual agreements.

Facilities Information and Resource Management (FIRM) codes
Resource information.


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BNSF intermodal facilities FIRM codes
Alliance, TX - 1111 Intermodal Parkway T926
Atlanta (Fairburn), GA - 6700 McLarin Rd. O083
Birmingham, AL - 401 Finley Blvd. P170
Cicero, IL - 26th Street J791
Corwith, IL - 3526 W. 43rd St. I145
Denver, CO - 585 W. 53rd Place H096
Dilworth, MN - 311 Second Ave. SE H270
El Paso, TX - 805 S. Santa Fe St. S390
Houston, TX - 214 Brisbane Rd. S639
Kansas City, KS - 720 S 38th St. J177
Los Angeles, CA - 4000 E. Sheila Street, Bldg 39 Y386
Logistics Park Chicago, IL - 26664 S. Baseline Rd. H572
Memphis, TN - 4814 Lamar Ave. P486
New Orleans, LA - 539 Bridge City Ave. Q819
Omaha, NE - 4370 Gibson Rd. H397
Oakland International Gateway, CA - 333 Maritime St. Z944
Phoenix, AZ - 5281 Tom Murray Rd. Y386
Portland, OR - 3930 NW Yeon X086
Seattle (International Gateway - SIG), WA - 44 S. Hanford Y498
S. Seattle, WA - 12400 51st Pl. S. Y371
Spokane, WA - 1800 N. Dickey Y799
St. Louis, MO - 3500 Wellington Ave. J300
St. Paul, MN - 1701 Pierce Butler Rt. J828
Stockton, CA - 6540 Austin Rd. W675

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Containers

Container

A container is a weatherproof box designed for bulk shipment of freight. Domestic containers come in 45 feet, 48 feet and 53 feet in length. Ocean containers come in 20 feet and 40 feet in length. They are designed for all modes of intermodal transport.

See information on intermodal railcars.


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Intermodal Railcars

The most common intermodal container railcars that BNSF uses in intermodal transportation are shown below.

Intermodal 3 Well Double Stack

3 Well Double-Stack Car (There are also one and five well railcars)

Conventional Intermodal Car

Conventional Intermodal Car

Don't own your own equipment?

BNSF has partners with intermodal carriers to provide containers or trailers if you do not own your own equipment. In addition to providing equipment, these partners (or carriers) can assist with moving individual or multiple shipments, including interline traffic and complete door-to-door movement by arranging equipment, waybilling (shipping instructions), draying, tracing, etc. For more information, contact a BNSF sales representative.

If you do own your own equipment, please review the information below:

Loading and Shipment Safety
Loading assistance and information.

Intermodal Loading Guide  
Guidelines to properly load contents into equipment for intermodal transportation.

Extended Equipment Use and Services
Intermodal storage.

Prohibited Hazardous Commodities
Prohibited commodities in some equipment.

Neutral Chassis Pools
Chassis available for rent.


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At various Intermodal facilities, Neutral Chassis Pools are available for your use. See the table below for BNSF locations and pool operator contact information. To utilize Neutral Pool Chassis, a Chassis Use Agreement with the pool operator is required. Equipment rental charges are the responsibility of the user. Twenty (20'), forty (40'), and forty-five (45') foot chassis are available.

BNSF Intermodal Facility Pool Vendor Leasing Co Equipment Initials Pick up and return chassis to the same facility unless noted Vendor Name Vendor Contact
Alliance, TX GCCP CCM     Monty Falls Tel: 713-675-0600
Birmingham, AL SACP CCM     Ken Tock Tel: 813-746-5337
Chicago, IL COCP CCM     Chris Davis Tel: 847-346-0975
Cicero, IL COCP CCM     Chris Davis Tel: 847-346-0975
Denver, CO DCCP CCM     Allen Youngs Tel: 303-293-0103
El Paso, TX GCCP CCM     Monty Falls Tel: 713-675-0600
Houston, TX GCCP CCM     Monty Falls Tel: 713-675-0600
Kansas City, KS MWCP CCM     Robert Kline Tel: 816-472-2264
Logistics Park, IL COCP CCM     Chris Davis Tel: 847-346-0975
Los Angeles, CA Neutral Flexi-van FWAZ BNSF Christine Korsak Tel: 908-276-8000
New Orleans, LA* GCCP CCM     Monty Falls Tel: 713-675-0600
Oakland, CA Neutral Flexi-van FORZ BNSF Christine Korsak Tel: 908-276-8000
Omaha, NE MWCP CCM     Robert Kline Tel: 816-472-2264
Portland, CA Neutral TRAC TSSZ BNSF (South Seattle) Pam Di Meglio Tel: 609-986-0268
S Seattle, WA Neutral TRAC TSSZ BNSF (Portland) Pam Di Meglio Tel: 609-986-0268
St. Louis, MO* MWCP CCM     Robert Kline Tel: 816-472-2264
St. Paul, MN Neutral TRAC TSPZ BNSF Pam DiMeglio Tel: 609-986-0268

At some locations, the chassis may be returned to another city or to another railroad's intermodal facility within the same city.

* Private chassis may not be staged at these locations.


Advanced Lift and Ride Technology
Minimize equipment damage and prevent airbag stretching.


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BNSF has invested in the latest technology to minimize equipment damage. This advanced lift technology features:

  • Wider and longer shoes
  • Ultra sensors to detect roof damage

The benefits of this technology include:

  • Virtually eliminated roof damage
  • Faster lift on/lift off with error free lifting

BNSF uses a manufacturer-approved, patented wedge device that prevents the airbag from stretching during lift operations. The incident-free air-ride handling BNSF provides has created a new market for air-ride equipment.


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General Information

Intermodal Videos
See benefits of BNSF Intermodal in motion.

Intermodal Advisor
Find out how to lower your transportation costs.

Intermodal Customer Reference Guide  
Describes how to ship an intermodal shipment.

Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide (current and historical)
Governing document for intermodal shipments.

Loading and Restricted Commodities  
Outlines some Restricted Commodities and aspects of the Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide.

Customs Fees
Surcharges for Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) inspects.

Port Fees
Alameda Corridor- and Port-related fees.


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The following surcharges are applied on Intermodal shipments traversing the Alameda Corridor or originating or terminating at the Port of Portland and Port of Tacoma.

BNSF may impose surcharges as stated in the BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide  . All applicable intermodal shipments are subject to these charges, regardless of price authority (including contracts and agreements). Surcharges are applied to the freight bill based on the BNSF shipping instructions (waybill) date.

ACTA (Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority)

Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority Current Use Fees and Container Charges are applicable for shipments traversing the Alameda Corridor. (See BNSF related December 2013 advisory).

Port of Portland

Port of Portland Rail Carrier Intermodal Yard Facility Fee is stated in the Port of Portland Marine Terminal Tariff, Item 4370.000. (See BNSF related Advisory.)

Port of Tacoma

Port of Tacoma Intermodal Facility Charges is stated in the Containers Section of the Port of Tacoma Tariff, Item 669.010. (See BNSF related Advisory.)


Commodity Information

Prohibited Hazardous Commodities
Prohibited commodities in some equipment.

Bulk Agricultural Products
Procedures to ship bulk products via intermodal.

Coiled Metal Shipment Policies and Procedures
Procedures to ship coiled metal via intermodal.

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  • Network Overviews: Information on the overall BNSF network and regional maintenance of way projects.
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Domestic Containers and Trailers

Area Name Contact
New customers  
Motor Carriers (truckload) Tel: 817-867-6567
Tel: 817-867-6587
Intermodal marketing companies Tel: 817-867-6957
Tel: 817-867-6951
Existing customers, shipment questions Customer Support Tel: 888-428-2673,
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Temperature Controlled Trailers

Area Name Contact
New customers  
Temperature-controlled trailers/containers
Tel: 817-867-6966
Tel: 817-867-6117
Existing customers, shipment questions Customer Support Tel: 888-428-2673,
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Ocean Containers

Area Name Contact
New customers, rates, schedules Tel: 817-867-0866
Overseas carriers and tank containers, rates, schedules Tel: 817-867-6562
Existing customers, shipment questions Customer Support Tel: 888-428-2673,
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BNSF China Representative Tel: 817-867-0842
Tel: 86-21-61415388
Fax: 86-21-61415389
BNSF Railway International Services Inc. Room 2903, Shanghai Times Square No. 93, Middle Huaihai Road, Shanghai, 200021

Beneficial Cargo Owner Contacts

Territories are based on customer headquarters location, please contact the corresponding industry expert in the contact list below the map:

Intermodal Contacts Map by Region
Region Name Email Phone
1 Southwest Jennifer Klein jennifer.klein@bnsf.com 817-867-6450
2 Northwest Sabin Reynolds sabin.reynolds@bnsf.com 509-979-3462
3 South Central Jarred Howard jarred.howard@bnsf.com 682-225-3634
4 Central Aaron Moody aaron.moody@bnsf.com 817-867-6152
5 Illinois Cedric Ousley cedric.ousley@bnsf.com 815-424-2221
6 Ohio Valley Zac Roskilly zachery.roskilly@bnsf.com 303-927-8327
7 Northeast South Rich Moore rich.moore@bnsf.com 856-397-5530
8 Northeast North Aaron Moody aaron.moody@bnsf.com 817-867-6152
9 Southeast James Longman james.longman@bnsf.com 817-776-7218
  Mexico David Herrera david.herrera@bnsf.com 52-33-3619-4435


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