From September 12, BNSF Railway (BNSF) will offer intermodal customers a new service option to move freight between the Pacific Northwest and Texas, US. Shippers who move commodities and a wide range of consumer goods between Portland, Oregon, or Seattle and Dallas/Fort Worth (AllianceTexas) will now be able to reduce their transit times by up to two days when compared to rail transit time options currently in the marketplace. According to the company, the new BNSF service will be comparable in speed to single-driver, road transportation options.
The new service option, the first of other new routes that will be announced and rolled out over the next year, comes online in time for the harvest season in the Pacific Northwest. BNSF claims 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 that BNSF will offer expedited service for customers who wish to have their shipments arrive in Dallas/Fort Worth on the morning of the fifth transit day. From BNSF’s intermodal facility located 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 dry or refrigerated goods. Northbound services will also be faster, 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. The route includes a refuelling option along the way for refrigerated equipment that carry temperature-sensitive equipment.