High Speed Rail

BNSF Nears Completion of Barstow Facility

According to the Victorville Daily Press, April 12, 2019, construction of the $27 million intermodal facility at the BNSF rail yard in Barstow is nearly finished, according to Lena Kent, media relations for BNSF. The addition to the yard will add two production tracks totaling 6,600 feet for BNSF cargo trains. Another 640 parking stalls have been added to accommodate shipping containers attached to chassis, ready to be moved by trucks once they are delivered by rail. BNSF has about 1,000 employees at the Barstow yard. That number is not expected to increase, according to Kent, but jobs could be added if cargo container deliveries increase. The railroad has said it plans to spend nearly $245 million on facility improvements throughout California in 2019. Expenditures include 600 miles of track surfacing, 35 miles of rail replacement, 70,000 rail ties, 4 miles of quadruple track through the city of Needles, and a general upgrade of rail yards throughout the state, including the Barstow area. The U.S. Department of Transportation projects that demand for rail freight transportation will increase by at least 88 percent by 2035, due to the economy rebounding and corresponding growth in freight demand.

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