News Alert: Barstow, CA: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway announces plans to construct the new Barstow International Gateway.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)

Source: Burlington North Santa Fe Railway (Information)

Pictures: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (Courtesy)

Barstow, California: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway has announced plans to construct the new Barstow International Gateway.

According to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, BNSF Railway plans to invest more than $1.5 billion to construct a state-of-the-art master-planned rail facility in Southern California – and the first being developed by a Class 1 railroad. This facility will help reduce highway congestion, transform the regional economy, and unlock critical efficiencies to meet our nation’s supply chain demands.

The Barstow International Gateway will be an approximately 4,500-acre new integrated rail facility on the west side of Barstow, consisting of a rail yard, intermodal facility and warehouses for transloading freight from international containers to domestic containers.

The facility 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 Barstow International Gateway, they will be processed at the facility using clean-energy powered cargo-handling equipment, and then staged and built into trains moving east via BNSF’s network across the nation.

Westbound freight will similarly be processed at the facility to more efficiently bring trains to the ports and other California terminal.

More information about the Barstow International Gateway can be found on their website at: https://bnsfcalifornia.com/barstow-international-gateway-project/

Local officials for the City of Barstow as well as officials for the County of San Bernardino are very excited for the new Barstow International Gateway.

The announcement of the new Barstow International Gateway was announced during a community event celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the City of Barstow held at the Historic Harvey House on Saturday, October 1st, 2022.

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