Idaho: A Crucial Part of the Great Northern Corridor

BNSF has played a key role in Idaho’s economy for more than a century, and that tradition remains strong. Idaho continues to be part of the Great Northern Corridor, which spans from the Pacific Northwest to Chicago. BNSF ships trainloads of products in and out of Idaho and links industries in the state—such as agriculture

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Honoring Heritage and Future with Berkyville

When BNSF joined the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK) team in 2010, we wanted to make a big statement at the annual BRK meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. So, we took our expertise in railroads and scaled down to create something that honored both our heritage and future: Berkyville. Berkyville is the brainchild of Roger and Dorcie

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Safety is Paramount

Safety is at the forefront of every railroader’s mind, and safety is at the foundation of everything BNSF Railway does. As a common carrier, we’re required to move all regulated products, including hazardous materials like crude oil. This is a responsibility we take very seriously. Our commitment to safety is reflected in our excellent record:

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Tukwila, Other Industrial Lands, Must Be Preserved

As the Seattle region booms and the demand for more residential areas continue, industrial lands such as BNSF’s intermodal facility in Tukwila are scrambling to make sure they aren’t squeezed out. Tukwila city leaders and BNSF officials are working together to ensure people understand that industrial lands must be preserved, or risk losing business in

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Giving Back to Our Communities

The BNSF Railway Foundation continues to support the communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work and volunteer. Recent contributions include: Enriching Green Spaces on Arbor Day The BNSF Railway Foundation recently partnered with the Downtown Spokane Partnership and Arbor Day Foundation to enrich green spaces in downtown Spokane

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Washington: A Gateway to International Trade

BNSF has been Washington’s primary freight railroad since 1873, moving many of the products coming in and out of the state that keep our economy moving. As part of the Great Northern Corridor that spans the northern U.S. to Chicago, Washington is a critical piece of our rail network. BNSF helps farmers in the state

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How Intermodal Saved Freight Rail

Rail was the preferred method for heavy hauling since the first railroad was chartered in 1827. However, by the 1970s, heavy-handed regulation left the freight rail industry unable to keep up with an increasingly global economy and pushed the industry toward collapse. At the time, freight came in all shapes and sizes and each piece

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A Photo Opportunity Isn’t Worth the Risk

The search for a perfect photo—or social media post—leads many to shoot on train tracks, but that isn’t the best idea. Not only is it trespassing, it’s a dangerous photo opportunity that can end in serious injury or even death. Although train tracks may seem like a popular setting for photo shoots it’s not worth

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BNSF Recognized for Logistical Excellence

BNSF has been named the recipient of the 2018 President’s Award for Rail Logistics Excellence by Toyota Logistics Services. It’s the fifth consecutive year BNSF has won Toyota’s highest supplier honor given to service partners who excel in quality, customer service, on-time performance and kaizen (continued improvement). BNSF handled more than 560,000 Toyota and Lexus

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Giving Back to Our Communities

The BNSF Railway Foundation continues to support the communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work and volunteer. Recent contributions include: Helping Children Access the Outdoors The BNSF Railway Foundation issued a grant for $10,000 to the North Idaho College Foundation Children’s Center Outdoor Learning Environment. The Outdoor

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Supporting Safe Outdoor Recreation

The BNSF Railway Foundation helped fund a joint public safety fair in Sultan recently that was held by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Snohomish County Search and Rescue and Snohomish County Fire. The fair had an emphasis on spring and summer safety, as the nicer weather warms and people

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Protecting Our Environment Through Energy-Efficiency

At BNSF, we strive to minimize our impact on the planet and to contribute to the long-term sustainability of every community we serve. Railroads are the most environmentally preferred mode of surface transportation and cutting carbon emissions is a priority as we move our customers’ freight via rail. Overall, our customers reduced their total carbon

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Using Artificial Intelligence to Create a Safer Railroad

BNSF’s safety goal of an accident and injury-free workplace is becoming more possible—with the help of artificial intelligence (AI). BNSF is utilizing AI technology to detect wheel defects, in which algorithms sort through more than 35 million readings a day to identify potential issues that could lead to derailment and other issues on our tracks.

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Railroad Safety is for Everyone

Walking along railroad tracks is dangerous and can lead to serious injury or even death. While the number one priority, safety isn’t the only consideration – walking or playing on railroad tracks is trespassing on private property and can lead to a hefty fine, or even arrest. The strict rules are in the public’s best

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Giving Back to Our Communities

The BNSF Railway Foundation continues to support the communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work and volunteer. Recent contributions include: Helping rebuild communities and honoring the past Sandpoint, Idaho’s downtown area unfortunately lost a piece of history when a fire destroyed several historic buildings in February. The

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