BNSF in California

As a major freight rail transporter in California since 1883, BNSF has strong ties to the area.

Here are some key facts about BNSF in California, and how we help the state remain a crucial gateway for international trade.



$275 million

BNSF Foundation Giving

Lines Operated
Route miles owned: 913
Route miles trackage rights: 1,256

Originated: 2,152,213
Handled within state: 4,176,983
Terminated: 2,089,435

Major Facilities

Rail Yards
Bakersfield, Barstow, City of Commerce, Needles, Richmond, Riverbank, San Bernardino, San Diego, Stockton, Wilmington

Intermodal Facilities
Richmond, San Bernardino, Stockton, Los Angeles

CA Operating Division Map

Capital Commitments

For 2018, BNSF announced it would invest approximately $230 million in its network in California, and approximately $3.3 billion in capital expansion and maintenance across its system. The largest component of the plan was replacing and maintaining BNSF’s core network and related assets to ensure BNSF continues to operate a safe and reliable network. In addition, investment was made in expansion projects, continuing implementation of positive train control (PTC), and acquiring new locomotives, freight cars, and other equipment. In 2017, BNSF invested approximately $170 million in California for capital projects.

BNSF Facts

Operating in 28 States and 3 Canadian Provinces

Locomotives: 8,000

Route Miles: 32,500

Number of Employees: 41,000

Military: 7,350 veterans employed

BNSF’s Commitment to California

California is the linchpin of the BNSF Railway network.

It’s also home to 3,500 BNSF employees who share our commitment to protecting the environment while safely and efficiently transporting our region’s products to the world.