BNSF Railway

BNSF Railway

BNSF Railway is one of the U.S. Class I railroads serving especially the western half of the country, with a rail network of 32,500 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces and more than 43,000 employees. In 2013, the railroad handled 5 million intermodal shipments, as well as large amounts of agricultural products, coal, and industrial goods. The company reported 2013 revenue of $22 billion, up 6 percent year-over-year.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based railroad was created in 1995 from the merger of Burlington Northern Inc. (parent of Burlington Northern Railroad) and Santa Fe Pacific Corp. (parent of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe  Railway). BNSF became a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., in 2010.

Key Coverage

New Bajio-Chicago service to tap cross-border growth

Slower BNSF intermodal transits give UP opening

STB raises concerns with ‘deterioration’ of BNSF service

BNSF’s Rose relinquishes CEO post, will stay with railroad

BNSF profit rises on volume, revenue gains

Grain elevator
27 Aug 2014
U.S. grain shippers are welcoming the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s collective bargaining agreement with Pacific Northwest grain handlers, but they are still concerned about poor rail service that is hampering their ability to get exports to Asia.
22 Aug 2014
A Federal appeals court in Pasadena shot down a novel legal challenge to railyard emissions that if successful would have erected a roadblock to a proposed Burlington Northern Santa Fe intermodal railyard near the Port of Los Angeles.
Intermodal train
22 Aug 2014
The U.S. rail regulatory agency is asking the seven major U.S. and Canadian railroads, along with short lines, to explain how they will handle the expected surge of intermodal traffic, noting the situation has been “challenging.”
BNSF Alliance intermodal center
19 Aug 2014
Distribution centers and manufacturing plants are increasingly springing up around U.S. intermodal terminals, as shippers aim to reduce drayage costs and overall tightening truck capacity fuels intermodal volume growth.
BNSF locomotive
19 Aug 2014
BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway say they are steadily reducing a backlog of grain shipments, but agricultural shippers warn the true test of whether they can handle the upcoming harvest will come quickly, in a week or two.
Weekly wrap-up for Aug. 16, 2014
16 Aug 2014
Diversions related to the ongoing negotiations on the U.S. West Coast between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association continue to have an impact elsewhere.
12 Aug 2014
Despite the loss of a refrigerated rail pioneer, other operators say they are still growing and that they’re better shielded from poor rail performance than Cold Train was.
Wheat wrapped in money
12 Aug 2014
WASHINGTON — Congressional pressure is mounting on BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway to get rid of a backlog of U.S. grain shipments before the harvest arrives this fall.
Weekly wrap-up for August 9, 2014
08 Aug 2014
Troubles in the Pacific Northwest dominated the news this week.
Wheat
08 Aug 2014
Many U.S. Midwest grain exporters have little reason to be optimistic that they’ll get their products to market on-time or for a price that will make shipping to Asia economically feasible.
07 Aug 2014
Cold Train, a provider of refrigerated intermodal transport from Washington state throughout the rest of the country, has ended service, citing poor BNSF Railway performance.
First Half in Review
01 Aug 2014
The first half of 2014 saw the start of several stories that JOC.com will most likely be covering for the next year and perhaps beyond.