Did you know that it can take more than a mile for a freight train to stop? Promoting train track safety is an essential part of BNSF’s operation and culture. That’s why BNSF actively seeks ways to educate about rail safety such as partnering with Operation Lifesaver, Inc. to observe Rail Safety Week and Operation Clear Track from September 21 through 27.

The goal of Rail Safety Week is to raise awareness of the need for rail safety education and empower the general public to be safe near highway-rail grade crossings and railroad rights-of-way. Operation Clear Track is a safety initiative involving more than 500 local, state, federal and railroad police organizations stationed at grade crossings across the country to distribute rail safety materials. This year’s effort will be conducted virtually.

BNSF also promotes track safety by reaching out directly to local communities, such as the recent article by Spokane BNSF deputy police chief Alan Dryer featured in the Spokesman Review.

BNSF Railway is committed to preventing rail collisions, injuries and fatalities. We are proud of the important work we do to move freight around North America. Especially during this time of COVID-19, when there is so much disruption to food, protective equipment, and sanitation supply chains, our people are working hard to keep the country comfortable and safe.

Learn more about rail safety here.