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BNSF tests autostrads to improve intermodal operations

Rail News Home BNSF Railway 7/16/2020 Rail News: BNSF Railway
image The autostrad uses navigation and positioning technology to drive to the portal and pick up the container.Photo – bnsf.com

BNSF Railway Co. has begun testing two automated straddle carriers at its Logistics Park Kansas City Intermodal Facility (LPKC).

The "autostrads" are being used to improve the safety and efficiency of the Class I's intermodal operations. BNSF is the first railroad in the world to use "autostrads" that carry containers larger than 40 feet and the first U.S. rail carrier to implement the technology at an inland intermodal facility, BNSF officials said in a website post.

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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

Rail News Home BNSF Railway 6/24/2020 Rail News: BNSF Railway
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

Rail News Home BNSF Railway 5/15/2020 Rail News: BNSF Railway
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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