Regional Map: Southwest US Region

As the largest and highest volume freight transit corridor in the world, the Southwest Corridor (or, as BNSF calls it, the TransCon Corridor) hauls consumer goods to more than 66 million people across 13 Southwestern states in the U.S. The region accounts for $3.9 trillion in gross domestic product employs over 28 million people across the region. From the ports of Los Angeles and San Francisco to Texas, Tennessee, and Illinois, from T-shirts and TVs to clothes and cars this major route serves as a gateway for imports and exports for our nation’s consumers and businesses.

The TransCon Corridor developed from the former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company, popularly known as the Santa Fe railroad. Following the 1995 Burlington North and Santa Fe merger, the resulting railroad (BNSF) created the largest rail-route network in the country. As the primary rail-route between the West and the rest of the country, the TransCon Corridor serves as the primary freight transit artery for the delivery of imported goods from Asia to nearly 50% of the country. Highway 40, the primary truck freight transit route in the region parallels the SF rail-route across the Southwestern US. This truck freight transit route accounts for more than 250 million tons of freight accounting for nearly $5 trillion in gross domestic product in 2013. This also accounts for nearly 1 billion gallons of fuel and releases an estimated 10 million tons of pollution.

The TransCon has 4,647 rail track route miles traversing 13 states. In 2013, the TransCon moved over 350 million tons of freight, the equivalent of over 15.4 million trucks, saving over 1.5 billion gallons of fuel and more than 13 million tons of greenhouse gases. These freight movements account for a majority of the agricultural, consumer and industrial products, and finished goods moving across the country.

Over the past decade BNSF has invested more than $1.8 billion in the TransCon. These investments help meet freight shipping demand, while reducing congestion and pollution. BNSF’s investment along the TransCon Corridor creates capacity to take more trucks off the road. The TransCon has truly become an engine of American commerce, moving over $262 billion dollars worth of freight in 2013 alone.

According to an American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recent report, “Transportation Reboot,” by 2020, trucks will move three billion more tons of freight nationwide than they haul today. If this trend continues, this means that by 2035 there will be one additional truck moving freight for every two trucks on the road today in this region.