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

Expedited service

  • 800+ miles per day
  • Trailer and container service
  • The industry's fastest service

BNSF Intermodal Service Tools

Intermodal Advisor
Find available intermodal service offerings.

Intermodal Service Schedules

Review BNSF's Intermodal Service Schedules Summaries

Domestic Expedited Containers 

Domestic Expedited Trailers 

Other Service Information

California to Northeast (BNSF-NS) Brochure 


Pricing Contacts

BNSF intermodal prices are issued on a contract basis. To obtain a rate for shipping temperature-controlled trailers and containers (intermodal), please contact:

Area Name Contact
New customers  
Temperature-controlled trailers/containers
Tel: 817-867-6966
Tel: 817-867-6113
Pricing Tools and Resources

Intermodal Advisor
Find out how to lower your transportation costs.

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

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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.

Facilities Details

Intermodal Facilities Guide

Intermodal Facilities Listings

Intermodal Map – Detailed

Intermodal Map – Interactive

Intermodal Map – Overview

Facility Resources

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

Regions Domestic and 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
Cicero, IL - 26th Street J791
Corwith, IL - 3526 W. 43rd St. I145
Denver, CO - 585 W. 53rd Place H096
El Paso, TX - 805 S. Santa Fe St. S390
Houston, TX - 214 Brisbane Rd. S639
Logistics Park Kansas City, KS - 32880 w. 191 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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Please select equipment from the drop down.

Temperature-Controlled Trailers

Contact BNSF at 817-867-6117

Temperature Controlled Trailer
A temperature-controlled trailer is a weatherproof box with permanent wheels designed for perishable shipment of freight on rail, highway or combination of both. Trailers come in 45 feet, 48 feet and 53 feet in length.
Specifications Table Diagram
Inside Length 72ft 2in
Inside Height11ft 11in
Inside Width9ft 2in
Door TypePlug
Door Width12ft
Lading Capacity180,000lbs
Cubic Foot Capacity7,883
Fleet Size994
Take an innovative approach to your food transportation and add BNSF temperature-controlled shipping to the mix. Temperature Controlled Department BNSF Railway Contact temperature controlled at BNSF at 817-867-6117

Additional Resources

See information on intermodal railcars.

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Intermodal Railcar

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.

Advanced lift technology
Minimize equipment damage.

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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 Locations Using Advanced Technology
  • Alliance, TX
  • Chicago, IL
  • Denver, CO
  • Kansas City, KS
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Memphis, TN
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Portland, OR
  • San Bernardino, CA
  • South Seattle, WA
  • Spokane, WA
  • Stockton, CA
  • St. Paul, MN

Air ride solutions
Prevents airbag stretching.

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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.

BNSF Locations Using Air-Ride Solutions
  • Alliance, TX
  • Chicago, IL
  • Denver, CO
  • Kansas City, KS
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Portland, OR
  • San Bernardino, CA
  • South Seattle, WA
  • Spokane, WA
  • Stockton, CA
  • St. Paul, MN

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Procedures Information

Current Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide  

Historical Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide

General Information

Companies offering drayage services.

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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White Paper: When can food shippers use intermodal service?

With fast, reliable and record breaking on-time delivery, BNSF Intermodal delivers at speeds that meet-or-exceed trucking at a lower cost. Read this insightful white paper by Norbridge Consulting to learn more.

Area Name Contact
New customers  
Temperature-controlled trailers/containers
Tel: 817-867-6966
Tel: 817-867-6113
Existing customers, shipment questions Customer Support Tel: 888-428-2673,
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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 Alissa Murray 949-220-4075
2 Northwest Jace Thompson 206-954-7013
3 South Central Kristin Hansen 817-867-6228
4 Central Chad Schuirmann 651-233-6354
5 Illinois Caleb Maki 817-751-8957
6 Ohio Valley Riley Simpson 909-454-8623
7 Northeast South Kevin Ghassemi 806-231-6432
8 Northeast North Jeremy Young 207-712-7524
9 Southeast Jenni Bergeland 817-371-8163
  Mexico David Herrera 52-33-3619-4435

Is Intermodal Right For You?

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Customer Tools

Our new Customized Rate Profile tool enables you to create, save and run rate reports for the commodities you ship the most and the shipping lanes you most frequently use.

Also, all customers now have to log in to access pricing tools and information. If you do not have your login ID, please register on using our new expedited registration process. Once registered, you will have instant access to pricing information

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