While medical discoveries continue to make news in the Inland Empire, the “next big thing” in San Bernardino County is happening 77 miles from Loma Linda in Barstow. Tourists know it as a great place to enjoy a pit stop on the way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, but travel of another kind is even bigger business in this desert oasis.

BNSF Railway announced Oct. 1 that it plans to invest more than $1.5 billion to build an integrated rail complex in Barstow to increase supply chain efficiency nationwide. Owned by Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffett, BNSF plans to create 20,000 direct and indirect jobs while reducing port and freeway congestion around the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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