Rail Terminals

Class I railroads – the designation for the major rail freight carriers – are represented in California by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) and the Union Pacific Railroad (UP). These two railroads have extensive rail networks connecting California with the rest of the nation, particularly corridors to the Southwest, Midwest and Northwest. These two railroads operate over a total of 5,432 miles in the State.  In addition to these major carriers, local markets in California may be served by smaller rail freight networks – known as “short line railroads,” that serve a particular market or which provide feeder service to the national freight rail network represented by the UP and the BNSF.