BNSF is proud to announce it will build a new integrated rail complex in Barstow, California, that will transform regional economies, reduce traffic on Southern California roadways, and add critical efficiencies to our nation’s supply chain. Dubbed the Barstow International Gateway (BIG), the 4,500-acre, first-of-its-kind integrated rail project consists of a rail yard, intermodal facility, and warehouses. It’s a BIG deal! The state-of-the-art project will allow the direct transfer of containers from ships at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to trains for transport through the Alameda Corridor onto the BNSF mainline up to Barstow. Once the containers reach the BIG facilities, they will be handled using clean-energy-powered equipment, then staged and built into trains moving east to families and businesses across the nation.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the many BIG benefits to come:
- Creates 20,000 direct and indirect jobs
- Keeps the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach competitive
- Supports a robust, reliable, and efficient supply chain
- Reduces port and highway congestion
- Minimizes potential community impacts (facilities are located near primarily undeveloped land)
Learn more about BNSF’s new integrated rail complex in Barstow, California, here.