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

08 Jan 2018
New ocean and rail services mark the return of the Port of Portland, Oregon, to regular container handling.
15 Sep 2017
West Coast ports compete harder for intermodal cargo, but rail pricing may be the key determiner.
05 Sep 2017
The US Coast Guard on Tuesday reopened the Sabine-Neches Waterway.
01 Sep 2017
The reopening of terminals, repairs to rail lines, and moves toward more normal vessel operations are important steps in untangling supply chains twisted by Hurricane Harvey.
31 Aug 2017
This resource includes customer updates from logistics companies and transportation providers, and ways people can contribute to charitable organizations to help those affected by the storm and flooding.
30 Aug 2017
Houston and several other Texas and Louisiana ports hope to restart operations by Labor Day.
29 Aug 2017
Logistics impacts from flooding in Houston and other parts of southeast Texas continue to spread.
27 Aug 2017
Truck, rail, water, and air transport are shut down.
25 Aug 2017
Cargo transportation providers along the Texas coast are preparing for major disruptions from Hurricane Harvey.
19 Jul 2017
The campaign to organize workers nationwide across different transportation modes will give the Teamsters more leverage and ultimately cost shippers more, a US labor expert told JOC.com.
22 Jun 2017
Alameda Corridor authority will not seek accelerated fee increases or port assistance despite slower cargo volume gains.
25 Feb 2017
It highlights the hurdle the US Class I rail industry faces to grow intermodal business.
22 Feb 2017
Expect significant delays for goods moving via rail Northern California, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest.
03 Feb 2017
A new tenant plans to build the largest-ever speculative building constructed in the area.
27 Jan 2017
The potential benefits are significant, lowering costs and paving the way for further import growth.
04 Jan 2017
Both companies now contend they are not receiving an equitable portion of the revenue from their partnership.
16 Nov 2016
BNSF and Kansas City Southern railways are launching a new joint cross-border intermodal service, a bet that the new Trump administration won’t upend the North American Free Trade Agreement.
07 Nov 2016
The so-called “freight recession” continues to weigh down demand, volume, and pricing.
02 Sep 2016
BNSF Railway plans to launch a new, faster intermodal service that promises to reduce transit times between the Pacific Northwest and Texas.
19 Aug 2016
The continued closure of at least one railway line and a highway disrupted the flow of containers to and from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles Friday in the fourth day of a savage wildfire wreaking havoc in the northeast Los Angeles area.
18 Aug 2016
A wildfire northeast of Los Angeles continued to disrupt the flow of containers to and from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles Thursday, but road and rail traffic was less affected than Wednesday, officials said.
Big rigs pack into a California Pilot Travel Center after the Blue Cut fire closed the I-15. Credit: @KTLA.
17 Aug 2016
The Blue Cut wildfire, which cut off road and rail traffic in the Cajon Pass, northeast of L.A. and the Inland Empire, is causing shipping detours and delays.
02 Aug 2016
BNSF Railway will appeal last week’s California Superior Court ruling that the environmental impact report on a proposed near-dock rail yard is inadequate.
27 Jul 2016
BNSF has 60 days to decide whether to appeal latest court ruling involving the Southern California International Gateway.
13 Jun 2016
California took another step Friday toward meeting the governor’s goal of a zero-emissions freight transportation environment.
09 May 2016
BNSF Railway profit slumped 25 percent year-over-year in the first quarter, hammered by declines in energy-related volumes.
27 Apr 2016
The need to reduce truck congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has stakeholders looking at the feasibility of a number of options utilizing rail service.
14 Apr 2016
BNSF Railway is building off the success of its very first logistics park after attracting a major plastics shipper at the North Texas operation that will ship exports via California ports.
08 Apr 2016
BNSF Railway Friday raised the possibility that its proposed international intermodal railyard four miles from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which has been more than 10 years in the making, may never be built because of environmental challenges.
30 Mar 2016
A California Superior Court judge Wednesday found the environmental impact report on the BNSF Railway’s proposed near-dock intermodal rail yard in Los Angeles to be inadequate, further delaying construction on a project that has been more than 10 years in the making.
28 Feb 2016
BNSF Railway’s profit fell 9 percent year-over-year to $1.08 billion in the fourth quarter due in large part to weaker intermodal carload volume, according to parent company Berkshire Hathaway.