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BNSF trains traveled over 169 million miles (272 million km) in 2010, more than any other North American railroad.The BNSF and UP have a duopoly on all transcontinental freight rail lines in the Western U. and share trackage rights over thousands of miles of track.KCS gained haulage rights to several Midwest locations, including Omaha, East St.Louis, and Memphis, in exchange for BNSF getting similar access to New Orleans.The Illinois Central Railroad and Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS), two of the five "small" Class Is, announced on July 19 that the former would buy the latter, On February 7, 1995, BN and ATSF heads Gerald Grinstein and Robert D.Krebs both announced shareholders had approved the plan, which would save overhead costs and combine BN's coal and ATSF's intermodal strengths.The BNSF Railway Company is the principal operating subsidiary of parent company Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC.Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, the railroad's parent company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.
UP was satisfied with a single segment of trackage rights from Abilene, Kansas to Superior, Nebraska, which BN and ATSF had both served.
On November 3, 2009, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway announced it would acquire the remaining 77.4 percent of BNSF it did not already own for 0 per share in cash and stock — a deal valued at billion.
The company is investing an estimated billion in BNSF and acquiring billion in debt.
The ATSF trackage in California's Central Valley was linked to BN's line into Oregon, through trackage rights over UP between Stockton and Keddie and acquisition of UP's section of the "Inside Gateway" to the beginning of BN trackage at Bieber.
In Texas, BNSF received rights in several directions from the Houston area: west over UP to San Antonio, with a branch to Waco, and continuing over SP to Eagle Pass (replacing the haulage rights they had just obtained); south over UP to Brownsville; east over SP to New Orleans (including the purchase of this line east of Lake Charles); and northeast over SP to Memphis with a branch on UP to Little Rock.