A year after the merger of the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe railroads, the new entity is approaching the next stop in its financial and strategic evolution, and has no plans to ask commercial banks to get off the train.

"In the past, we had to deal with commercial banks and investment banks separately," said Pat Ottensmeyer, a senior vice president and chief financial officer at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. "Now that commercial banks have securities capabilites, we can use them across the spectrum," he said.

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