“Growth in both international and domestic intermodal shipments was driven by increased retail sales and inventory replenishments by retailers, along with increased e-commerce activity,” BNSF said in its first-quarter 2021 earnings report.

BNSF Releases 1Q21 Earnings

For first-quarter 2021, BNSF posted revenues of $5.401 billion, virtually flat with the year-earlier period, and volumes of 2.449 million, led by Consumer and Agricultural products, the railroad reported May 3.

Katie Farmer, President and CEO, BNSF Railway

CEO PERSPECTIVE: Leveraging Advanced Technologies

As part of a special series in Railway Age’s March 2021 issue, 11 North American railroad CEOs address the daunting challenges the freight rail industry faces as the 21st century enters its third decade—from operations and technology to marketing and growth. Here, Katie Farmer, President and CEO of BNSF Railway, discusses leveraging complex, exponentially growing advanced technology.