Y/Y Change +4%
(Thousands of units, with year-over-year change)
To meet our customers’ growing shipping needs, BNSF launched two new intermodal services in 2018.
Our new service between Seattle/Tacoma, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, expands opportunities for shippers in the Pacific Northwest. With this service, export customers can load their shipments at the Port of Portland to move northbound on BNSF trains to Seattle/Tacoma, where they can be loaded onto cargo ships. The service also handles imported goods that move southbound from Washington to Oregon.
Southern California-Ohio Valley
BNSF now offers a direct-rail intermodal service between Los Angeles and the Ohio Valley region. The new service provides access to some of the fastest-growing industrial and consumer markets in and around northwest Ohio. Shippers can now traverse BNSF’s Southern Transcon to Chicago and continue to North Baltimore, Ohio, streamlining supply chains. The new service runs eastbound and westbound five days a week.
To streamline the development of rail-served sites for our customers, BNSF’s Site Certification Program selects strategically located sites across our network and makes them available for immediate development. In 2018, three new Certified Sites were added, in Oklahoma, Montana and – for the first time – in Canada. Shippers who build new rail-served facilities on a BNSF Certified Site are expected to save six to nine months of construction time as a result of the site’s advanced level of preparedness for development.
New BNSF Certified Sites:
BNSF’s commitment to the highest level of service is regularly recognized by our customers. Honors received in 2018 include:
In 2018, BNSF supported a large-scale training exercise conducted by the Arkansas National Guard. During the exercise, designed to simulate an emergency deployment, hundreds of artillerymen spent three days at the BNSF railyard in Guernsey, Wyoming. They were supported by BNSF employees, who helped coordinate movement of railcars. BNSF also regularly serves the National Guards of various states in moving large amounts of military equipment.
To improve data security across the supply chain, BNSF became the first Class I railroad to join the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) in 2018. BiTA includes more than 200 freight transportation companies working to develop blockchain standards for the logistics industry. Blockchain functions as a distributed ledger, with all members of a particular blockchain having access to all the data within it. By housing information with each member, altering the information within a blockchain is difficult. BNSF and our BiTA partners will define what data goes into the freight transportation blockchain, how data is formatted and in what circumstances the blockchain will be deployed.