Source: Base map from Google Earth. (Placemark)
BNSF Logistics Park Terminal, Joliet, Illinois
The rail terminal of BSNF Logistics Park, in the suburbs of Chicago (60 km southwest), is the largest intermodal terminal in North America. It is a typical example of contemporary intermodal requirements that have been integrated in the terminal design in terms of its form and configuration. The site is a reconversion of an Army munitions depot where more than 2,000 acres were sold to Centerpoint properties for the development of a logistics site and 620 acres sold to BSNF for the development of a rail terminal that was completed in 2002. The terminal includes all the components of a modern intermodal site in a typical rectangular shape.
In addition to the common elements that are the intermodal yard, namely the storage area, chassis depots and the access gates (separate entry and exit locations), it also include classification yards and a car terminal. Since this terminal is the end of the trancontinental corridor (LA/LB - Chicago axis), its business model is highly linked with the Asia trade, particularly its import component; Japanese and Korean cars are transited in large volumes. A logistical branch of Maersk (ChassisLink) is also present with a empty container depot and a chassis pool. It was judged pertinent by the company, which owns substantial containerized assets, to establish a presence at an inland terminal.