BNSF Railway profit rose nearly 5.6 percent year-over-year to $989 million in the third quarter, as revenue expanded 5.8 percent on a 4.6 percent gain in volume.
A 5.4 percent increase in intermodal traffic helped push total revenue to $5.65 billion in the period, according to a third quarter financial release and traffic statistics. Domestic shipments drove the majority of the intermodal volume gains, the Berkshire Hathaway-owned company said in its third quarter filing.
The railroad was the only U.S.-based Class I carrier to see an increase in coal traffic, which rose 4.9 percent year-over-year in the quarter, according to an analysis of industry third quarter earnings. BNSF coal revenue expanded 5 percent in the same period.