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GLOBAL LOGISTICS PROFILE BNSF Railway is the largest intermodal provider in the world. Intermodal shipments make up 50 percent of total company volume. In 2014, BNSF moved more than 2.3 million international containers. End-to-end, those containers would reach from Los Angeles to Shanghai six times. BNSF International Intermodal serves more than 40 North American ports, including all the major West Coast ports, providing direct access to the country's largest and fastest-growing inland markets. The company's international match-to-market program aids carriers in identifying markets and loads for westbound shipments. A pioneer of intermodal, BNSF Railway was the first to introduce container service and differentiate an expedited and standard service product. BNSF markets its domestic intermodal service through motor carriers and intermodal marketing companies. BNSF Domestic Intermodal is a great transportation solution, as the truck driver shortage, increased regulation and rising truck costs are having a growing effect on transportation capacity and service. An intermodal train takes 280 trucks off the road, offering a more energy- efficient option and providing relief to our nation's crowded highways. BNSF is building and investing for the future. Frequency, reliability and consistency are core to BNSF Intermodal's ability to meet the needs of customers. In 2015, BNSF is making a record $6 billion capital investment in its network. This investment is helping BNSF maintain and optimize an existing 32,500-route-mile network and expand its franchise by adding double-track, sidings and Centralized Traffic Control, or CTC. The core of the BNSF intermodal supply chain is its intermodal hub network, which is unparalleled in the industry. With 3,000 employees operating 25 facilities in 14 states, it's the largest network of its kind. These hubs are the connecting points for trains and trucks, where freight changes modes as it moves to its final destination. BNSF is also working to ensure its Intermodal Hub Facilities are maintained and updated to offer the highest level of service. This year, BNSF will complete 28 miles of double-track on its 2,215-mile Southern Transcon corridor, a key intermodal route linking Southern California to Chicago. By the end of the year, there will be only seven miles of remaining single track on the Transcon. In addition, BNSF embarked on a multiyear expansion project to add more than 140 miles of double-track between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest. This expansion allowed BNSF to respond to market demand for expanded service in the north. Effective September 14, BNSF will introduce new service for domestic intermodal customers between Chicago and St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Pacific Northwest – Portland, Seattle, and Spokane, Washington. The new schedules will feature expedited service seven days a week for westbound traffic and six days a week for eastbound traffic, which is one day more than is currently offered in the marketplace for this region. BNSF will also be the only rail operator to offer expedited service to and from Seattle. BNSF embraces its heritage as a leader in intermodal. Demand for intermodal service is strong and will continue to grow. BNSF Intermodal will continue to expand and enhance service to maximize capacity in order to meet customer's needs today and tomorrow. For more information visit,

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