BNSF’s Economic Development team is making it easier for businesses to locate along the Class I railroad’s network with a new site selection tool.
The tool brings together information about BNSF Certified Sites, Logistics Parks and Logistics Centers, as well as the communities around them, for site selectors and potential rail-served customers, according to BNSF, which made the announcement via LinkedIn earlier this month.
“Called LOIS, for Location One Information System, the application makes it more convenient to access detailed information about locations on the BNSF rail network and identify the right site for their business,” BNSF Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Steve Bobb reported on the social media channel. “Users can view the overall network, select a location from among 33 BNSF Certified Sites, three Logistics Parks, and five Logistics Centers, and view information about zoning, acreage, accessibility, utility providers and other factors. The tool displays economic data from the region around the site, as well as profiles of the communities within a specified radius. It also tells you who to contact if you’re interested in a site.”
In related developments, CSX on March 15 reported introducing four levels of qualification—Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze—to its industrial site selection program to help companies identify rail-served sites that best align with their needs. All sites will also be included in a searchable inventory, which the Class I railroad said is under development. Norfolk Southern (NS) in 2021 launched an online industrial site and transload selection tool for current and potential shippers.