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Posted on: October 30, 2019

Surprise designated as BNSF Railway Certified Site


Two properties within The Surprise Railplex Industrial Park, Cactus Commerce Center and Summit Business Park, have been awarded BNSF Railway Company’s Certified Sites designation along with five other industrial locations across the country. The Surprise locations are the first for the state of Arizona and join less than 30 sites in the US and Canada.

In order to be considered for the designation, sites must undergo a thorough analysis which includes an evaluation of environmental and geotechnical standards, available utilities, site availability and existing and projected infrastructure.

Surprise’s premier suburban Railplex Industrial Park is two-square-miles of shovel-ready land with all major utilities to site including water, sewer, power, rail and telecommunications. The Railplex has attracted over $150 million in capital investment with 292 acres available for development.

Certified Sites are a part of BNSF’s Premier Parks, Sites and Transload program. Businesses looking to locate at any of these properties could save six to nine months of construction time as a result of this analysis. BNSF Certified Sites are reviewed by an industry expert in order to ensure accurate, reliable data. The goal of the program is to provide an inventory of rail-served sites that are available for immediate development.

The city of Surprise is deeply committed to economic development, growth and job creation, and our community should be proud of this designation.  

Details on Surprise’s BNSF Certified Site are available at

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