J.B. Hunt and BNSF Railway Unveil Quantum: The Future of Freight Transport

J.B. Hunt and BNSF Railway have joined forces to revolutionize the freight transport industry with the introduction of Quantum, an innovative intermodal service. This collaboration, showcased at FreightWaves’ F3: Future of Freight Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee, promises to accelerate delivery times and provide a higher level of service consistency, giving both companies a competitive advantage in the logistics sector. By bridging the gap between trucking stability and the economic and environmental benefits of rail, J.B. Hunt and BNSF hope to capture a market segment that has previously remained elusive.

With a focus on a 95% on-time delivery rate and the introduction of a new operational center to monitor and manage freight movement continuously, Quantum represents a fusion of tradition and innovation. This groundbreaking service is poised to push the boundaries of intermodal transport and redefine industry standards.

The vision behind Quantum is centered on a transformative approach to freight transport. Both J.B. Hunt and BNSF have set ambitious goals for expansion and efficiency to enhance the scalability of their operations. J.B. Hunt plans to grow its container fleet to a staggering 150,000 containers by 2027, while BNSF is developing the Barstow International Gateway to meet the growing demands of the industry.

Technological integration is a critical aspect of Quantum, with a focus on connectivity and data-driven decision-making. The collaboration between the companies allows their technological systems to communicate effectively, paving the way for a more efficient and synchronized operational model.

“We believe that it takes people, process, and technology together to execute on our commitment to our customers,” says Darren Field, EVP and President of Intermodal at J.B. Hunt.

The long-standing partnership between J.B. Hunt and BNSF serves as the foundation for this latest venture. The companies have a shared commitment to delivering exceptional customer experiences through their intermodal services. Investments in infrastructure and expansion have been made to address customer frustrations and provide consistent and reliable service.

By scaling capacity, streamlining operations, and leveraging data and technology, J.B. Hunt and BNSF are not only responding to current logistics challenges but also pioneering a service that has the potential to transform the dynamics of supply chains in North America.


What is Quantum?

Quantum is an improved intermodal service introduced by J.B. Hunt and BNSF Railway, aiming to accelerate delivery times and provide higher consistency in service in the logistics industry.

What are the goals of Quantum?

The goals of Quantum include a 95% on-time delivery rate, expansion of capacity, and the integration of technology in freight transport operations.

How are J.B. Hunt and BNSF collaborating on Quantum?

J.B. Hunt and BNSF are working together to improve connectivity and data-driven decision-making, allowing their technological systems to communicate effectively and create a more efficient operational model.