The agreement reaffirms Schneider National's intermodal commitment to providing customers with cost-effective, streamlined services that provide flexibility to control and manage freight, Schneider National said.
"Schneider's asset-based intermodal service expertise, combined with BNSF's commitment to a technologically advanced and efficient rail system, provides customers a proven solution during a time of tight truckload capacity," said Bill Matheson, president of Intermodal Services for Schneider National. "Our relationship with BNSF allows us to provide the support our customers need to succeed, saving them time and money while enabling reliable service."
BNSF became Schneider's primary Western rail provider in 2008. During the past four years, the companies have enhanced their performance to deliver "truck-like" reliability and low-cost service. The agreement provides Schneider customers continued access to the largest intermodal network in the world, offering two service levels and daily service in all major lanes.
BNSF has continued to expand capacity on its network by improving rail infrastructure and adding service offerings to support intermodal growth. Among many items, BNSF's 2012 capital commitment of $3.9 billion includes the development of a new intermodal facility in the Kansas City area.
"More and more shippers are realizing the benefits of converting their over-the-road freight to intermodal," said Steve Branscum, BNSF Railway, group vice president Consumer Products Marketing. "As they do so, our two companies are poised to provide these shippers with exceptional intermodal service throughout the U.S. We look forward to working closely with Schneider to continue to bring next-generation intermodal solutions to the marketplace."
In addition to service coverage in the West with BNSF Railway, Schneider National moves loads in the East with CSX, as well as Canadian and Mexican border crossings with CN and Kansas City Southern railroads, Schneider National said.