BNSF outlines plans to improve its fleet’s operating efficiency


BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) has outlined plans to improve the operating efficiency of its fleet in its first sustainability report based on the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 guidelines.

“Our first GRI report reflects BNSF’s leadership in making rail more efficient and sustainable than other modes of freight land transportation,” said BNSF Vice President of Environmental John Lovenburg. “We are pleased to be able to issue our first report based on the GRI’s latest guiding principles as we continue to grow our business in a safe and sustainable manner by investing in our network and the development of our employees while contributing positively to our communities, the country and our economy.”

Within the report BNSF outlined existing record and further plans to modernize its locomotive fleet to become more fuel efficient and cost effective. Alongside the overall modernization of the fleet BNSF plans to equip start stop fuel saving devices on over 90% of its locomotives.

The company also highlighted the it’s automation of gates and use of wide-span electric cranes at intermodal facilities. In total 10 facilities now operating automated gates while three are equipped with wide-span electric cranes.

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