Beginning Monday, September 12, BNSF Railway will offer intermodal customers a new service option to move freight between the Pacific Northwest and Texas.
Shippers that move commodities and a range of consumer goods between Portland OR or Seattle WA and Dallas/Fort Worth TX (AllianceTexas) will now be able to reduce their transit times by up to two days compared with rail transit time options currently in the marketplace. This new BNSF service will be comparable in speed to single-driver, over-the-road options.
“We regularly work with our customers to identify and offer new and better transportation solutions to make their supply chains more effective. So we are constantly looking for opportunities to help meet consumer demands, and this new service checks all the right boxes for adding efficiency to the marketplace,” said Katie Farmer, group vice-president, consumer products. “With an economy as dynamic as ours, BNSF is focused on delivering options that strengthen the competitive advantage of US companies through our country’s supply chain.”
This new service option—the first of other new routes that will be announced and rolled out over the next year—comes online just in time for the autumn fruit harvest in the Pacific Northwest and will help local businesses get products to market more efficiently. Faster, more direct routing means agriculture producers can move apples and other produce to southern markets at the peak of freshness.
By leveraging underutilized capacity in the central section of BNSF’s network, this new service option means BNSF will offer expedited service for customers that wish to have shipments arrive in Dallas/Fort Worth on the morning of the fifth transit day. From BNSF’s intermodal facility just north of Fort Worth, customers can reach any of the major Texas or Oklahoma markets with a short-haul trucking option to move containers and trailers for refrigerated or dry goods. Northbound service will also be faster-operating, with both expedited service arriving on the sixth morning and standard service reaching its destination on the sixth day.
Traffic along the route will run Monday through Friday, in both directions. This route includes a refueling option along the way for refrigerated or temperature-sensitive equipment.
Learn more about BNSF at www.BNSF.com.