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

BNSF intermodal train
29 May 2014
U.S. intermodal service doesn’t appear to have improved significantly since severe winter weather and rising traffic crippled most rail networks and disrupted shipper supply chains in the first four months of the year.
A BNSF train in New Mexico.
02 Oct 2013
BNSF Railway plans to spend an estimated $90 million on track and rail capacity improvement projects in New Mexico this year.
BNSF logistics part
26 Sep 2013
The intermodal industry in the coming years will have to learn to live with at least several different chassis models, but one thing for certain is that the cost of handling containers at railyards will increase.
Union Pacific train.
18 Sep 2013
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has published a report on the implementation of positive train control systems, which recommended that Congress...
21 Aug 2013
BNSF Railway has allocated $125 million for maintenance and rail capacity expansion projects in Washington this year.
16 Aug 2013
BNSF Railway has allocated $115 million for Montana and $220 million for North Dakota for maintenance and rail capacity expansion projects this year.
14 Aug 2013
Agriculture shippers are concerned that they won’t be able to bring their goods to BNSF Railway’s soon-to-open intermodal terminal in the Kansas City area because overweight containers aren't permitted on the road connecting the facility and the nearby interstate.
07 Aug 2013
U.S.-based major railroads’ total profit growth slowed dramatically in the second quarter, as Norfolk Southern Railway and Kansas City Southern Railway saw double-digit declines in earnings gains on a year-over-year basis.
BNSF's Alliance, Texas, inland logistics park
02 Aug 2013
Twenty years after BNSF Railway opened its first logistics park in Fort Worth, Texas, the railroad this year will open its fourth, a sprawling 433-acre intermodal terminal with up to 7 million square feet of adjacent industrial real estate capacity about 550 miles to the north.
30 Jul 2013
BNSF Railway has opened a new economic development office in Bismarck, N.D., to expand the company’s presence in the state and allow it to better serve existing and new customers in the region...
26 Jul 2013
The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has taken actions to delay the revaluation of BNSF Railway’s assets, in part because of Berkshire Hathaway’s purchase of BNSF in 2010 without prior board authorization.