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Q2 a mixed bag for BNSF with higher revenue, lower volume

In the second quarter, BNSF Railway Co. boosted revenue 14% to $6.6 billion and increased operating income 7% to $2.4 billion compared with second-quarter 2021 figures.

However, volume decreased 6% to 2.47 million units, operating expenses shot up 19% to $4.3 billion and the operating ratio climbed 2.8 points to 63.2, according to the Class I’s Q2 financial performance summary.

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BNSF opens new Tacoma intermodal facility

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image The South Tacoma intermodal facility is part of a joint effort between the Class I and J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. announced in March. Photo – BNSF Railway Co.

BNSF Railway Co., in partnership with the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), yesterday announced the opening of a new rail hub at the Port of Tacoma in Washington to meet growing intermodal demand.

The South Tacoma intermodal facility is part of a joint effort between the Class I and J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. announced in March. The two companies aim to substantially improve capacity in the Pacific Northwest intermodal market, BNSF officials said in a press release.

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BNSF honors top safety employees of 2021

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image Shown, starting with the second person from the left, are Chris Caven, Adam Florine, Jason Cox, Darrell Lippe and BNSF President and CEO Katie Farmer. Photo – BNSF

BNSF Railway Co. recently honored its Safety Employees of the Year for 2021.

The awards recognize outstanding BNSF leaders modeling safety across the major operations teams, including engineering, mechanical and transportation. Those recognized by the annual program "demonstrate BNSF’s vision and values through their commitment, leadership and focus on working safety and efficiently," BNSF officials said in the Class I's "Inside Track" newsletter.

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Congestion prompts BNSF to limit certain California-bound shipments

Rail News Home BNSF Railway 6/24/2022 Rail News: BNSF Railway
image BNSF Railway Co. announced yesterday that in response to ongoing service challenges, it will issue a temporary permit embargo on certain westbound shipments heading for California. In a customer service notice posted on its website, BNSF said the embargo will impact automotive shipments as well as specific agricultural and industrial commodities. Intermodal shipments being managed through alternate means are not part of the embargo, the advisory states. "We have experienced a sharp increase in congestion throughout Southern California during the past few weeks due to several high-wind events concurrent with the high levels of traffic seeking to move through the region," BNSF officials explained.  In addition, flash flooding on the main tracks of BNSF's Southern Transcon line caused a service outage this week near Laguna, New Mexico, the Class I reported. The outage resulted in temporary speed restrictions. "The resulting impacts have affected our ability to effectively align resources with freight volumes, particularly the efficient utilization of train crews in the region," the advisory states. "While this embargo action will lead to some additional disruption to our affected customers in the short term, we are confident that this aggressive measure will provide the additional capacity needed to recover velocity and improve cycle times more quickly, as well as assist with resource availability." The embargo will begin June 27 for waybills with a shipping date of June 29, and is scheduled to expire on July 31. For the first week (June 29 to July 5), BNSF will consider issuing permits to embargoed destinations for certain commodities. To read BNSF's full advisory, click here.
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San Bernardino council clears BNSF intermodal project's environmental report

Rail News Home BNSF Railway 6/9/2022 Rail News: BNSF Railway
image The proposed project is designed to speed the movement of goods along a key BNSF east-west route that connects the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with the rest of the nation. Photo – bnsf.com

The San Bernardino City Council last week certified the final environmental impact report for BNSF Railway Co.'s proposed gap closure project at its intermodal yard in the Southern California city.

The project is designed to expedite the flow of trains through the yard. About 4.3 miles of a new fourth main track will be added in two segments along the current BNSF corridor from the Class I's overpass at State Street/University Parkway to the intermodal facility.

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