BNSF Railway opened its newly designed Logistics Park Kansas City Intermodal Facility in Edgerton, Kansas. LPKC is a more than 1,550-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse development anchored by BNSF’s newest intermodal facility. The business park has 500,000 square feet of speculative distribution building space available for warehouse and distribution centers.
The railroad company’s LPKC Intermodal Facility is designed to accommodate the growing demands of freight rail transportation in the Kansas City region and will initially nearly double BNSF’s lift capacity in the Kansas City market. The Intermodal facility encompasses 433 acres and will have an initial lift capacity of 500,000 truck containers and trailers with the ability to expand to 1.5 million units.
The LPKC facility has six 8,000-foot tracks for loading and unloading Intermodal trains, more than 1,800 parking spaces and will have 4,300 container stacking spots at full build-out. It is equipped with five wide-span, electric, rail-mounted gantry cranes, which produce zero emissions on site and will significantly reduce the number of hostler trucks needed to move containers within the facility.
“BNSF greatly appreciates the support of all of the government and business leaders who worked with us to make this day possible. That support is an important part of the reason why Kansas City has developed into one of the most strategic transportation hubs in the nation,” said Matthew K. Rose, BNSF Railway Chairman and CEO. “BNSF’s significant investment in this new facility will not only make this one of the most efficient intermodal facilities in the country, it will also help enhance the Kansas City region’s position in the global supply chain by offering shippers more capacity and service options.”
LPKC also features an automated gate system for trucks as they enter and exit the intermodal facility, a biometric driver identification system and digital cameras to record images of containers, chassis and tractors. These elements will increase security, while improving throughput and reducing truck idling and emissions.
According to the Kansas Department of Commerce, LPKC is projected to help create an estimated 7,400 jobs in the immediate area of the development and 13,000 jobs in the state of Kansas at full build-out.
“The intermodal facility is a tremendous asset for businesses in this region,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “This facility will not only create thousands of good jobs directly, it will help give Kansas businesses a competitive advantage in shipping their products to market quickly. That will support additional economic growth and job creation in our state.”
“We are uniquely situated in Kansas to serve as an important crossroads for goods traveling across the country by highway and rail,” said Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King. “When an economic opportunity like the intermodal facility emerges, and it can be seized by providing the appropriate infrastructure, I want our state’s transportation agencies to be in a position to capitalize on that opportunity. For a state investment of $22 million in construction costs for the recently opened I-35 Interchange near the BNSF facility, there will be a significant economic impact.”