Local Union Leader Highlights Role of Rail in Spokane’s Future

Matthew Lebsack is the chairman of the Spokane Local 1505 SMART-TD Union. In this op-ed for the Journal of Spokane Business, he writes about the future of Spokane and why the reversal of the City Council’s ordinance was so important. An excerpt: Our city can directly trace its development from the growth of the rail

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Kalama honored with Railway Heritage Community Award

Kalama and the railroad have a relationship that goes back to the 1870s. “The City of Kalama’s history has evolved around the railroad since its inception,” said Kalama Mayor Pete Poulsen. “It is the life blood of our ports and has helped to create thousands of jobs for our citizens. BNSF Railway recently honored Kalama

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Despite Field Hearing Rhetoric, Freight Rail Drives Trade to Washington

The following comes from Matthew K. Rose, Executive Chairman, BNSF Railway: The historic level of BNSF investment, particularly on Washington’s “Great Northern” line and BNSF’s commitment to safety requires that I write to correct the inaccurate impression of BNSF service and safety as reflected in the record of a recent Senate Energy Committee field hearing. Starting with

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Op-ed: Rail Safety Remains Strong

At The Hill, former National Transportation Safety Board Managing Director Peter Goelz explains why the Spokane City Council’s proposed ordinance sets a dangerous precedent: Rail Safety Remains Strong Railroads moved more than 528,000 carloads and intermodal units of goods in the week ending July 23. Down 5.3 percent year over year, the numbers are still impressive when

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BNSF in the Community This Summer

Being a responsible and engaged corporate citizen is a top priority for BNSF. Here are some of the organizations and causes we are supporting this summer. Seattle Art Museum – Summer at SAM BNSF donated $10,000 for the Summer of SAM Kickoff event on July 7. The Seattle Art Museum hosts events all summer with

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