BNSF Railway on Tuesday opened its new logistics center in Fontana, Calif.
The a 38-acre transload facility will handle a variety of commodities, from building supplies and manufactured products to bulk materials.
Logistics Center--Fontana is located at the Kaiser Commerce Center about 13 miles west of San Bernardino and will be operated by Tristar FLC, Inc., a Washington state-based transportation and logistics firm specializing in lumber and panel products.
"By locating this rail-served transload facility near existing intermodal facilities and distribution and warehousing centers, BNSF can offer shippers more modal choices and greater service options," said John Lanigan, BNSF executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
The Fontana hub is part of BNSF's Premier Transload Network, a group of associated transload service providers.
The carrier said Fontana, with a dedicated spur connecting to the BNSF mainline, will enable it to improve the gathering and distribution process within its carload network to provide more consistent service, and allow customers to quickly react to market demands. BNSF also operates a domestic intermodal rail yard in San Bernardino.
"With one large facility that handles multiple commodities, BNSF is able to simplify its operations by creating the density required to build trains at this one transload facility instead of gathering rail cars at several smaller ones," Lanigan said. "In the end, our carload customers will benefit from more efficient and consistent service and the customers using this transload facility will have access to more capacity and greater service options."
Fontana began limited handling of carloads in November 2005. The center is now fully operational with capacity of 15,000 carloads per year.