BNSF Adds Sites in Montana, Texas to its Certified Sites Designation Program

A BNSF locomotive (GE ES44C4) leading a freight train is stopped in Atlanta on Nov. 28, 2014. (Photo by Todd DeFeo)

BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) awarded locations in Montana and Texas to its Certified Sites designation, bringing to three the number of such sites in the two states.

To be considered for the designation, sites must undergo an analysis that includes evaluating environmental and geotechnical standards, available utilities, site availability and existing and projected infrastructure. The sites offer the convenience of direct rail service.

The newly-designated Certified Sites feature acreage ready for industrial development:

  • Somerville Industrial in Somerville, Texas: This property consists of 103 acres without zoning requirements or restrictions and is conveniently located east of State Highway 36, only 20 miles outside of Bryan-College Station, Texas.
  • Fort Peck Tribal Industrial Park in Poplar, Montana: Zoned for heavy industrial, the site encompasses 45 acres located north of U.S. Highway 2 on the Fort Peck Reservation outside city limits, in Roosevelt County.

Certified Sites are a part of BNSF’s Premier Parks, Sites and Transload program.

Officials say the program is a strategic approach that addresses the increasing demand for customer site locations by developing various facilities across BNSF’s network. Businesses looking to locate to these properties could save six to nine months of construction time due to this analysis, officials said.

BNSF Certified Sites are reviewed by an industry expert to ensure accurate, reliable data. The program’s goal is to provide an inventory of rail-served sites that are available for immediate development.

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