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 container train
04 May 2015
BNSF Railway’s net first-quarter earnings jumped 44 percent to $1 billion despite West Coast port congestion that pulled down its intermodal volume roughly 5.5 percent in the period.
24 Apr 2015
The number of westbound 40-foot equivalent ocean containers available in Chicago and Kansas City surged in early April, another sign the West Coast container logjam has broken and the Chinese New Year reprieve is over.
09 Apr 2015
BNSF Railway on Thursday trumpeted reports of significantly improved intermodal service and performance metrics since rail service hit new lows last year, thanks to a harsh winter and an unrelenting surge of freight.
Cold Train
08 Apr 2015
Former executives at a defunct refrigerated rail service have filed a multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit against BNSF Railway, alleging the railroad’s failing service reliability and shirking of professional commitments drove the company out of business.
27 Mar 2015
Terminal operators and equipment managers on the West Coast intend to form a discussion agreement that will allow them to work with industry stakeholders such as shipping lines, motor carriers and railroads to reduce congestion and improve cargo velocity.
CSX Intermodal operation
24 Mar 2015
Fierce late winter weather dealt a blow to U.S. railroads’ efforts to restore intermodal rail service to the level shippers enjoyed before the 2013-2014 winter dragged down performance.
The frequency of spot market loads from Los Angeles is increasing as the West Coast container logjam begins to break.
22 Mar 2015
Signs that the container logjam in Southern California is beginning to break are showing up on the truck spot market, as deconsolidated loads come up for grabs at West Coast warehouses.
12 Mar 2015
Tightening Chicago drayage capacity is causing rates to spike, as shippers have little choice but to pay for more local trucking to avoid demurrage charges that railroads impose if loads aren’t removed from terminals after two days.
BNSF domestic container train
28 Feb 2015
BNSF Railway plans to invest $103 million in its Kansas rail operations and an intermodal logistics center southwest of Kansas City.
25 Feb 2015
North American intermodal volumes plummeted as U.S. West Coast port congestion came to a head last week before union and waterfront officials at last brokered a deal Friday evening.
Union Pacific in Alameda Corridor
23 Feb 2015
With U.S. West Coast ports on the road to restoring productivity, the two Western railroads are taking steps to handle an expected increase in international intermodal traffic.
20 Feb 2015
U.S. intermodal volumes are declining, while Canadian shipments increase, a sign that more shippers are diverting cargo from the U.S. West Coast north to ports in British Columbia.