BNSF Railway declared its new Memphis Intermodal Facility to be “fully operational” after a $200 million expansion, and cut the ribbon on it this week.
John Lanigan, the railroad’s chief marketing officer, said at a grand opening ceremony April 21, “BNSF’s significant investment in this new facility will not only make this one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly intermodal facilities in the country.”
Lanigan also said the facility will “help improve Memphis’s position in the global supply chain by offering our customers more capacity and service options.” The upgrades will double BNSF’s intermodal lift capacity in the Memphis market to an annual capacity of 1 million lifts at full build-out, and boosts its efficiency while reducing emissions.
The terminal has eight widespan, electric, rail-mounted gantry cranes, which BNSF said “produce zero emissions on site and will significantly reduce the number of hostler trucks needed to move containers within the yard.”
It uses a streamlined automated gate system for trucks moving in and out, complete with digital cameras capturing images of containers, chassis and tractors, and biometric driver identification gear. Besides adding security, BNSF said the enhancements improved throughput, cutting truck idling time and emissions in half.
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