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BNSF Plans $1.5 Billion Rail Facility to Relieve California Port Congestion


[Source: Transport Topics]   With a threatened railroad strike in the rearview mirror, BNSF Railway is hauling out a $1.5 billion plan for a new rail facility in Southern California that it says will relieve congestion around the critical ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The Barstow International Gateway will be a 4,500-acre rail yard and intermodal facility with warehouses for moving freight from international to domestic containers, according to Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF. Containers will be transferred directly from ships to trains and moved to Barstow, where they’ll be loaded onto trains moving east on BNSF’s 32,500-mile network spanning 28 states and three Canadian provinces.

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