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BNSF identifies six rail-served sites for development

BNSF's certification program identifies sites that are "shovel ready" for customer development.
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BNSF Railway Co. yesterday announced six new "certified sites" that are optimal for customer development along the Class I's network.

The new sites are at AgriTech Park in Great Falls, Mont.; Ameripointe Logistics Park in Ardmore, Okla.; Central New Mexico Rail Park in Los Lunas, N.M.; Commerce Center of Southeast Iowa in Middletown, Iowa; Gallup Energy Logistics Park in Gallup, N.M.; and John W. Kelsey Business and Technology Park in Greenville, Ill.

BNSF's "Site Certification Program" helps customers by "doing the leg work to confirm a site is rail-served and shovel ready," said Colby Tanner, BNSF's assistant vice president, economic development, in a press release.

"One of the ways BNSF works to ensure the right solution is offered to each customer is by scouting potential sites for development in advance of customer inquiries," said Tanner.

Launched in March 2016, the program allows the sites to use the "BNSF Certified Sites" distinction in marketing materials to attract new businesses. BNSF markets the sites on its website and promotes the sites to economic developers.

For more information on BNSF's efforts to boost economic development activity along its network — especially at a Kansas logistics park — read this cover story in Progressive Railroading's January issue.


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