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Burlington No. Santa Fe
Burlington No. Santa Fe
Innovation rank: 8
Industry rank in Railroads: 1

Promising enough that a certain investor named Buffett bought in, this railroad operates 32,000 route miles and moves more intermodal freight (i.e., in containers) than any other company. Burlington has entered adjacent industries, such as logistics, and is creative in its operations. One example: It is reconfiguring its rates to encourage shippers to improve safety when transporting hazardous materials.

See how Burlington Northern rates in 8 key areas
Last updated March 04 2008: 10:49 AM ET





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