The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) and Port of Oakland have reached an agreement for BNSF to operate the Port's newly built Joint Intermodal Terminal, to be known as Oakland International Gateway.
The move will take more than than 20,000 truck moves a year off Interstate 80, according to the announcement.
Scheduled to open in mid-March, this 85-acre, near-dock facility has the capacity to initially accommodate 250,000 containers per year and the capability to expand to meet future growth.
"This facility will provide the shipping community additional capacity on the West Coast and give BNSF's customers a direct link to our rail network -- as opposed to a 12-mile truck dray over the highways to our intermodal facility in Richmond," said Steve Branscum, group vice president, BNSF Consumer Products Marketing.
Commissioner Phillip Tagami, president of the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners, said, "Not only will this facility generate additional business for the Port, but it will also benefit the community by eliminating the truck haul now required."
The Port of Oakland, celebrating its 75th anniversary, is the fourth largest container port in the country.