Idaho Spotlight: An Important Link in the BNSF Network

For more than a century, BNSF Railway Company has played a leading role in North Idaho’s economy. The tradition remains strong today as trainloads of products are shipped in or out of the state on our 32,500-mile rail network. Idaho is part of the Great Northern Corridor which spans the northern United States between the

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BNSF Releases its 2017 Annual Report

In 2017, BNSF saw some positive economic trends that resulted in performance improving over 2016. Volumes increased five percent, reflecting a strengthening economy as well as success in capturing additional business in many of the commodities BNSF hauls. In fact, during the peak holiday shipping period the week after Thanksgiving, BNSF broke an all-time weekly

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BNSF Supports Wenatchee’s Touch-a-Truck Fundraiser

BNSF once again participated in the Junior Service League of Wenatchee’s annual Touch-a-Truck fundraiser. With signs, trucks and football giveaways, BNSF spent the afternoon exposing kits to our service trucks and teaching them about what these vehicles do to keep our rail lines safe. The “Touch a Truck” fundraising event is a community wide event

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BNSF Railway Foundation Helping our Communities this Spring

BNSF Railway Foundation has donated $25,000 toward the City of Vancouver’s renovation and operation of a new homeless day center. BNSF Railway Foundation is also a proud supporter of the Klamath Senior Center. The Senior Center expects to deliver 12,000 more meals in the coming year than last year bringing the total to 80,000. The

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BNSF Plans 2nd Bridge in Idaho to Ease Rail Congestion

BNSF is always enhancing our network to deliver the goods needed to fuel the economy. That’s why we are proposing to build the Sandpoint Junction Connector project at Sandpoint, Idaho. It will help move our current freight traffic and future volumes more efficiently. The second rail bridge will be built over Lake Pend Oreille right

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BNSF Recognized for Community Safety

BNSF was recently honored with the 2017 Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response’s (TRANSCAER®) National Achievement Award for the company’s outreach efforts to help communities prepare for and respond to possible hazardous material incidents. This is the 18th National Achievement Award BNSF has received from TRANSCAER®. This year’s TRANSCAER® award recognized BNSF for its efforts to

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New Service Between Seattle/Tacoma and Portland is Already Helping

Answering the needs of our customers, ​BNSF recently launched new service between Seattle/Tacoma and Portland that will expand opportunities for shippers through this growing Pacific Northwest corridor. The new service positions BNSF as an important link for cargo customers in Oregon who seek more efficient ways to ship their heavy loads to major export ports in

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The Invictus Foundation is Helping Veterans Heal

BNSF is proud to support the Invictus Foundation. The Invictus Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help heal the invisible wounds of war for our veterans. This remarkable charity supports veterans with everything from PTSD and traumatic brain injuries to community integration and relationship issues. Their Welcome Home Network had over 100,000

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Experiencing the Rails and Learning About Safety

Acting as tour guides, the Klamath County Museum took about 30 4th graders on a train trip between Klamath Falls and Eugene, Oregon. Learning about the area, rail travel and rail safety are just some of the things these students got to experience. BNSF also provided activity books to the students from Operation Lifesaver. Operation Lifesaver

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Second Bridge at Sandpoint Will Relieve Congestion, Enhance Safety

A vital link between Pacific Northwest and Mid-West Freight rail plays an important role in the regional economy, transporting goods and commodities we all use every day.  To meet the growing needs of our expanding population, BNSF is proposing to build a second bridge across Lake Pend Oreille adjacent to the existing bridge. The project

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BNSF Railway Foundation is Helping Local Communities

The Sandpoint Idaho Branch Library is finishing up an expansion with a donation of $5,000 to the Friends of the East Bonner County Library from BNSF Railway Foundation. To learn more about the library’s transformation, click HERE to watch a short video. Treehouse was granted $5,000 for Graduation Success Spokane, which is Treehouse’s evidence-based program that provides

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Railroad Grade Crossing

Our network includes just over 25,800 grade crossings. Promoting grade-crossing safety is an essential part of our operation and culture. Trains cannot stop quickly. A 100-car freight train traveling at 55 miles per hour will need more than a mile to stop once the train is set into emergency braking. When vehicle drivers or pedestrians

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BNSF Railway Foundation Donates $150,000 to Spokane Riverfront Park

BNSF Railway Foundation helped Spokane Mayor David Condon kick off a fundraising campaign for the Spokane Riverfront Park by donating $150,000. Mayor Condon is looking to raise $2 million for the next phases of the Spokane Riverfront Park reinvention. Originally the site was home to the 1974 Worlds Fair and is a top destination in

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Helping Kids Get “Up Close” to Animals

With Blueberry, the knobbed hornbill ambassador looking on, BNSF Railway donated $20,000 to Woodland Park Zoo to help fund their Up CLOSE program. Up CLOSE is the Zoo’s ambassador animal outreach program. Designed for various age groups, Up CLOSE brings the zoo and environmental education programs to schools and community organizations. With a goal of

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The Great Northern Corridor

Constructed in the late 1800s, the Great Northern Railway was the only transcontinental railroad built using no federal money or land donations. Over the last 100 years, the Great Northern Railway has merged with other railroads bringing us to the present name, BNSF Railway. The east-west corridor runs from Chicago to several ports in the

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