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BNSF customers showed their confidence in our ability to help them succeed by collectively investing nearly $3 billion in 2018 in BNSF rail-served facilities. These investments are expected to generate approximately 1,400 new jobs in local communities.
Customer investments highlights:
As America’s largest mover of intermodal freight, BNSF devotes significant resources to maintaining our network as well as expansion projects aimed at meeting our customers’ demands. In 2018, BNSF invested approximately $1 billion into our Southern Transcon, which serves as our primary intermodal route connecting Southern California to Chicago.
BNSF added a fourth main line through Amarillo, Texas. As a crew change point, Amarillo sees a great deal of activity. An extra lane allows faster traffic to bypass the area and enables trains that have completed their crew change to get moving again more expeditiously.
Belen, New Mexico
BNSF completed a third main line in New Mexico between Belen and Dalies. The third main line enhances capacity and improves traffic flow along this portion of the Southern Transcon.
Five bridge spans were replaced on the Bosworth Bridge about 90 miles northeast of Kansas City, Kansas. This double-track bridge crosses the Grand River in Bosworth, Missouri.
BNSF operates some of the industry’s most innovative facilities. Recent additions include:
Logistics Center Oklahoma City
BNSF Logistics Centers offer direct rail service in multi-customer, multi-commodity business parks in key strategic sites. The new Logistics Center Oklahoma City provides unrivaled access to the state’s largest population center and one of the United States’ most prominent energy centers. It is well-situated for both rail and highway access. The 195-acre site accommodates both manifest and unit train customers, and provides a resource for storage.
Terminal Process Control Technology at Hump Yards
In 2018, BNSF completed the installation of state-of-the-art Terminal Process Control (TPC) technology at all of our hump yard facilities. Hump yards are rail classification facilities where railcars are classified and grouped by moving them over summits, or humps, enlisting the power of gravity. TPC uses specific calculations for each yard, such as number of switches and grade incline or decline percentage, to generate precise calculations that help safely and efficiently sort railcars.
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.