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BNSF adds intermodal option between Seattle, northwest Ohio

Rail News Home BNSF Railway 6/24/2020 Rail News: BNSF Railway
image [Editor's note: The headline on this story was updated at 4:23 p.m. CDT.] BNSF Railway Co. earlier this month introduced a new direct intermodal service option between the Pacific Northwest and northwest Ohio. The new container-only service initially is being offered five days a week for eastbound and westbound freight originating and terminating at BNSF's South Seattle Intermodal Facility. Customers who originate shipments at the Seattle facility now can access some of the fastest growing industrial and consumer markets in and around northwest Ohio, BNSF officials said in a customer notification. The new option stems from the growth of BNSF's direct-rail intermodal service connecting California with the Ohio Valley.    

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BNSF adds intermodal option between Pacific Northwest, Ohio Valley

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image BNSF Railway Co. earlier this month introduced a new direct intermodal service option between the Pacific Northwest and the Ohio Valley region. The new container-only service initially is being offered five days a week for eastbound and westbound freight originating and terminating at BNSF's South Seattle Intermodal Facility. Customers who originate shipments at the Seattle facility now can access some of the fastest growing industrial and consumer markets in and around northwest Ohio, BNSF officials said in a customer notification. The new option stems from the growth of BNSF's direct-rail intermodal service connecting California with the Ohio Valley.    

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MnDOT: Willmar rail connector project making progress

Rail News Home BNSF Railway 6/3/2020 Rail News: BNSF Railway
image Rail construction is slated to begin in spring 2021 and end in fall 2022. BNSF will carry out the railway final design and construction.Photo – Minnesota Department of Transportation

Construction is advancing on a rail connector and industrial access project involving BNSF Railway Co. in Willmar, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) reported this week.

Known as Willmar Wye, the project is a public-private partnership between BNSF, MnDOT, Kandiyohi County and the city of Willmar to build a new rail line bypass on the city's west side.

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BNSF advances bridge projects in Idaho, Washington

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image BNSF Railway is building a second rail bridge over Lake Pend Oreille adjacent to an existing rail bridge.Photo – BNSF Railway Co.

Work is advancing on two BNSF Railway Co. bridges this spring, one near Sandpoint, Idaho, and the other over Drano Lake in Skamania County, Washington.

BNSF is continuing work on a temporary rail bridge over Lake Pend Oreille near Sandpoint. Construction crews are building a second rail bridge adjacent to the existing rail bridge, and are currently working on a temporary span. That span will be taller than the eventual permanent bridge, which will be the same height as the existing bridge that BNSF is replacing, BNSF officials said in a recent company newsletter.

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BNSF posts Q1 revenue decline on lower volumes

Rail News Home BNSF Railway 5/5/2020 Rail News: BNSF Railway
image BNSF Railway Co. yesterday reported first-quarter net income fell 5 percent to $1.19 billion, operating income rose 2.5 percent to $1.8 billion and total revenue declined 6 percent to $5.4 billion compared with first-quarter 2019's results. The revenue decrease was primarily due to a 5 percent decrease in unit volume and a 1 percent decrease in average revenue per car/unit driven by an arbitration hearing recognized in Q1 2019, in addition to lower fuel surcharges, BNSF officials said in a press release. BNSF also reported the following first-quarter volume trends:
• Consumer product volumes fell 7 percent compared with the year-ago period primarily because of lower international intermodal volumes as the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to lower U.S. West Coast imports. Volumes further decelerated late in the quarter in the domestic intermodal and automotive segments as the pandemic's impact on U.S. consumers intensified.
• Industrial product volumes fell 2 percent compared with Q1 2019. The results were attributed primarily to lower sand volumes driven by increased competition from in-basin sand and due to lower liquefied petroleum gas volume attributable to increased pipeline takeaway capacity. These decreases were partially offset by higher demand for petroleum products.
• Agricultural product volumes rose 3 percent versus Q1 2019's results, primarily due to higher domestic grain and soybean meal shipments, partially offset by lower grain exports.
• Coal volumes fell 8 percent compared to the year-ago quarter primarily as a result of low natural gas prices, mild winter weather and plant retirements. Operating expenses during the quarter fell 10 percent to $3.59 billion, primarily due to lower volume- and weather-related costs, as well as productivity improvements.    

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