Lighting Upgrades Save Energy and Provide Piece of Mind

In early April, installers from the City of Spokane began replacing outdated lights with energy-efficient, Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures in under-lit railroad underpasses between Stevens and Walnut. In addition to energy efficiency, the new fixtures will emit a clearer white light, increasing visibility and providing a safer and more secure passage underneath the railroad

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Making Connections: Clinton Watkis

Clinton Watkis is a part of BNSF’s Field Sales team and plays a crucial role in serving our customers based in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to Clinton’s efforts, Pacific Northwest businesses have access to one of the most environmentally friendly ways to move their goods on land.

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BNSF Giving Back to Our Communities

BNSF Railway Foundation donated $24,056 to North Idaho College to help them purchase new equipment for the college’s Career and Technical Education facility. BNSF Railway Foundation granted $11,671 to the Clark County Historical Museum to help with its new remodel. BNSF Railway Foundation provided a $5,000 grant to the Arts Council Of Snohomish County to support the

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First Female Engineer for ATSF Reflects on Road Less Traveled

In 1973, 19-year-old Christene Gonzales’ mother planted the seed of going to work for the railroad as a locomotive engineer. Gonzales thought, “What the heck!” She applied, interviewed and was hired. Unbeknownst to her, Gonzales was about to become the first female locomotive engineer for the Santa Fe Railway. Over the years, she developed a

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Coal Dust Update

The agreement we reached with the plaintiffs reflects BNSF’s long-term efforts to address coal dust, and it is important to note by reaching this agreement, it allows us to continue that practice without distraction of a prolonged legal battle. They originally sued BNSF for $4.6 trillion, and our settlement of $1 million, which will fund

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BNSF Moves Record Grain Volume to the PNW

Nothing we do at BNSF is more important than helping businesses move products safely to their customers.  In Washington and Oregon, those shipments support NW flour mills, dairy, poultry and beef industries. By helping farmers and producers access new and multiple markets than locally available, we are helping rural communities expand their presence. BNSF moved

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BNSF Proud to Team Up With Make-A-Wish Oregon

Make-A-Wish® Oregon, which also serves Clark County, Wash., grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Many children and their families describe the wish experience as a turning point in their fight against a life-threatening medical condition. The BNSF Railway Foundation worked with Make-A-Wish

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BNSF Railway Foundation in the Community This Winter

The BNSF Railway Foundation is providing a $50,000 grant over two years to the Port of Pasco to help with the new children’s play area at the Tri-Cities Airport. The new play area is part of the airport’s new terminal expansion project. Donated funds for the Pierce County Library System’s “On the Road with Summer Reading

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BNSF Crews Clear Snow to Restore Service in Glacier National Park

Heavy snowfall resulted in the temporary suspension of BNSF train service on the Hi Line Subdivision in Glacier National Park, Mont. BNSF employees and contractors responded with specialized equipment to safely restore service. Click on the video above to see how BNSF works to keep moving safely even in the harshest conditions.

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BNSF Investing $3.4 Billion Across its System

BNSF’s 2017 capital expenditure plan will be about $3.4 billion, which will include $175 million that will be invested in Washington state. “Each year we establish a capital plan that reflects the future needs of our customers and the constant need to keep our infrastructure in good working condition. This year’s capital plan ensures we

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BNSF, Contractors Provide First Responders with Winter Oil Spill Response Training

BNSF, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Boundary and Bonner County Emergency Management, and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality completed an all-day cold weather oil spill response training on Saturday, Jan. 14th on the Kootenai River.   Approximately 40 Boundary and Bonner County and Tribal first responders, and oil spill contractors were trained in the use of

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BNSF Employees Clear Tracks of Heavy Snow

In recent days, as severe weather hit parts of BNSF’s North Region, employees have been working to maintain service under challenging conditions.  This video shows teams on BNSF’s Montana Division operating rotary snow plows and other equipment to clear snow drifts. On the Mobridge Subdivision near Lemmon, S.D., for instance, snow drifts were as high

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Spotlight: Oregon

BNSF Railway plays an important role in Oregon’s economy. Our 32,500-mile network helps Oregonians stay connected to the world. We serve timber and agricultural exporters by delivering their products to domestic markets and by linking them to markets around the globe. From appliances and electronics to clothing and food, we also transport the products that

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Bonner EMS Receives Grant

The BNSF Railway Foundation awarded a $37,578 grant to the Bonner County EMS. The grant award will go toward the purchase of an off-road ambulance. “Given the hundreds of miles of hiking, biking and walking trails in Bonner County, having a specially outfitted response vehicle available will greatly increase our ability to respond to those

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BNSF in the Community This Fall

Being a responsible and engaged corporate citizen is a top priority for BNSF. Here are some of the organizations and programs we have recently supported: Donated $25,000 for the YMCA building campaign in Skagit Valley. This money will go toward a new 60,000-square-foot, two story facility and adjacent early learning center. Provided a $16,000 grant

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