BNSF - In The Community - Environment - Alternative Fuels

Alternative Fuels

Identifying feasible and efficient fuel options is a national and a global challenge. We are doing our part by testing the fuel alternatives and exploring technology to support their use. As new fuel alternatives become economically and operationally feasible, we want to be ready to adapt our operation to those new fuels where we can.

In 2007, we became the first railroad to sponsor low-emissions natural gas hostler trucks to move containers within an intermodal facility in Los Angeles, the nation's busiest rail intermodal terminal. These 10 hostler trucks reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions by 90 percent compared with standard off-road diesel tractors.

BNSF is testing natural gas as an alternate fuel source for locomotives. The goal of the pilot program is to understand the technological and operational impacts of natural gas as a locomotive fuel type.