BNSF Railway announces plans to invest more than $1.5 billion to construct a state-of-the-art master-planned rail facility in Southern California – and the first being developed by a Class 1 railroad. The Barstow International Gateway will be a first-of-its-kind integrated facility, creating 20,000 direct and indirect jobs and reducing port and freeway congestion around the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Like all railroad infrastructure, the retarders at BNSF’s eight hump yards are regularly inspected and routinely maintained. But after an average of 1,500 cars a day over almost 10 years, the master system at our 300-acre Northtown facility in Minneapolis reached the end of its lifespan and needed to be replaced.
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BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) today awarded four new locations for its Certified Sites designation. In order to be considered, sites must undergo a thorough analysis which includes an evaluation of environmental and geotechnical standards, available utilities, site availability and existing and proposed infrastructure.
The Barstow International Gateway will be an approximately 4,500-acre new integrated rail facility on the west side of Barstow, consisting of a rail yard, intermodal facility and warehouses for transloading freight from international containers to domestic containers. The facility will allow the direct transfer of containers from ships at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to trains for transport through the Alameda Corridor onto the BNSF mainline up to Barstow. Once the containers reach the Barstow International Gateway, they will be processed at the facility using clean-energy powered cargo-handling equipment, and then staged and built into trains moving east via BNSF’s network across the nation. Westbound freight will similarly be processed at the facility to more efficiently bring trains to the ports and other California terminals.