BNSF Railway Company has awarded four new locations for its Certified Sites designation. In order to be considered, sites must undergo a thorough analysis which includes an evaluation of environmental and geotechnical standards, available utilities, site availability and existing and proposed infrastructure.
“BNSF’s Site Certification Program creates tremendous value for customers who are seeking a rail-served industrial site by accelerating the process required for economic growth and development,” said Chris Danos, Assistant Vice President, Economic Development. “A customer who builds a new rail-served facility at one of these sites is expected to save six to nine months of valuable construction time as a result of this shovel-ready program,” said Danos.
The newly-designated Certified Sites feature acreage ready for industrial development:
• Dodge City Business Park, Dodge City, KS – This 244-acre location is the third Certified Site in the State. It is designated as light industrial zoning with all utilities available. Located off the BNSF network along US Highway 56 and 109.
• Reimann Industrial Center, Pasco, WA – Zoned for industrial use, this 150-acre site is conveniently located west of State Highway 395 and is six short miles from the Tri-Cities Airport. The first site of this size in the State, it is owned by the Port of Pasco, which offers a rail spur and runs adjacent to the BNSF network.
• Seward/Lincoln Regional Rail Campus, Seward, NE – This 194-acre industrial zoned site is the first-of-its-kind in the State with direct access to the BNSF network. Located in south Seward, 25 miles from Lincoln, with immediate access to Interstate 80.
• Upton Logistics Center, Upton, WY – This property consists of developable property with 295 acres of the logistics center recently certified. This site is zoned heavy industrial and is bordered to the east by BNSF Railway. Upton Logistics Center is operated by Tiger Transfer, a BNSF Premier Transloader.
Certified Sites are a part of BNSF’s Premier Parks, Sites and Transload program. The program is a strategic approach that addresses the increasing demand for customer site locations by developing various types of facilities across BNSF’s network. BNSF Certified Sites are reviewed by an industry expert in order to ensure accurate, reliable data. The goal of the program is to provide an inventory of rail-served sites that are available for immediate development.
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