Steering Steady in the Storm

Current and future investment plans in track expansion, customer relations and safety are discussed in this article about the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway. The backbone of its 25,000-mile network, the Transcon, which runs 2,000 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, has nearly been completely doubletracked. The upgrade is part of a resumption in capital investment dating back to 2003. In 2008, some $2.45 billion is committed, with more than $1.8 billion on track, signal systems, structures, freight cars, locomotives and technology. In addition to the Transcon, the Powder River Basin network is being upgraded. A best-practices initiative described is AIM (Assess, Improve, Maximize), which focuses on the local carload market. There are some 6,000 customer locations on the BNSF system, and AIM is intended to assess customer satisfaction and attract new business by smoothing the connections from loading dock to loading dock. Safety investments include a leading position in adopting electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) braking, along with other advanced safety technologies.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 20-22
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01095818
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 8 2008 6:00PM