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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BNSF Plans $160 Million Capital Program in Washington for 2018

BNSF recently announced that its 2018 capital expenditure program in Washington will be approximately $160 million. To ensure BNSF continues to operate a safe and reliable rail network, this year’s plan in Washington remains focused on maintenance projects. The largest component of this year’s capital plan in the state will be for replacing and upgrading

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BNSF Announces 2018 Plan for Capital Investments

Today, BNSF announced its 2018 capital investment plan of $3.3 billion. This year’s capital plan reflects BNSF’s continued focus on maintaining its network as well as expansion projects aimed at meeting customer demands. “Every year we work to ensure our capital investment plan enables us to continue to operate a safe and reliable rail network

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BNSF Partners with the Port of Portland to Assist Shippers

Shippers now have a new option for getting their products to market.  Thanks to a partnership between BNSF Railway and the Port of Portland, a new service will move containers between Portland and Seattle/Tacoma where they can be loaded onto container ships. As a leader in the intermodal industry, this new service will help companies throughout

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BNSF Police Keep Our Rails and Communities Safe

Imagine a community that is 32,500 miles long and only 100 feet wide.  That is the BNSF community crisscrossing hundreds of local and state jurisdictions throughout the Western part of the country.  Helping to patrol our community is the nearly 200 commissioned police officers and some K-9 friends who make up the BNSF Police Team, which is

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BNSF Renovates their Network Operations Center

BNSF has long been known as a quick adopter of new technologies. In 1995, BNSF created a Network Operations Center at their headquarters. Home to over 150 dispatches and other support staff, operations center recently completed a total renovation. With an operating floor the size of a football field, this facility handles 500 train starts

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Keeping Our Locomotive History Alive

Locomotive train history has always been an important part of the history of the Pacific Northwest. Out of the nearly 2,800 Shay steam locomotives built between 1878 and 1945, only 116 still exist and less than 15% are operational. The Oregon Historical Society has been operating excursions on Shay steam locomotives since 1994.  This year, BNSF

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BNSF Railway Foundations Donates $10,000 to Suquamish Tribal Council

The BNSF Railway Foundation gave a grant of $10,000 to the Suquamish Tribal Council for their Tribal Child Welfare department.  These funds will be used to purchase tablets and laptops for children in the program. Tribal Child Welfare supports families with native children living on the Port Madison Indian Reservation by providing child welfare family support

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Severe Weather Conditions Keep BNSF Busy

Even in the harshest winter conditions, BNSF is hard at work ensuring our customers don’t experience delays. Click above to learn of all the ways BNSF is working to beat extreme weather.

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