In 2014, BNSF worked with its customers and state and local economic development organizations to build or expand 138 rail facilities in communities across its network. BNSF customers invested close to USD 1.5 billion in these projects, which marks the fourth consecutive year they spent more than USD 1 billion in rail projects to support growth in their business. These investments are expected to generate more than 1,200 new jobs in local communities.
“The rail industry as a whole is an indicator of the health of the economy. The diversity of expansion our customers achieved in 2014 is a confirmation of the economic development potential of rail and the value proposition offered by BNSF’s freight rail services,” said Steve Bobb, BNSF executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
Highlights of supply chain solutions BNSF helped its customers achieve in 2014 include completion of BNSF’s Logistics Center in Sweetwater, Texas; Creation of a Bison Rail and West Electronics Inc. Transload rail operation in Poplar, Mont; Installation of a railroad unloading track capable of storing a million gallons of propane to resupply the existing 1.5 million gallon terminal facility in Benson, Minn.