Sandpoint Junction Connector: Temporary Span Underway

BNSF is continuing work on a second rail bridge over Lake Pend Oreille, near Sandpoint, ID. Construction crews are currently working on a temporary span. The temporary span is taller than the eventual permanent bridge, which will be the same height as the existing bridge. The first stage of construction involves two temporary work trestles

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Supporting Our Communities

The BNSF Railway Foundation invests in the communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work and volunteer. Recent donations include: Funding Water Rescue Training in Boundary County The BNSF Railway Foundation recently contributed $19,300 to the Water Rescue and Dive program at the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office, located

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Delivering What Matters in the COVID Era

Most Americans have seen first-hand the empty store shelves that have resulted from COVID-19 as shoppers scramble for non-perishable goods and paper products. The shortages have caused the supply chain to become top of mind for many, when it’s typically not something people think about. BNSF is doing our part to deliver necessary products. We’re

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Prioritizing Safety and Security No Matter What

BNSF understands that a safe and resilient rail network is crucial to our customers and our nation’s future, especially during times of crisis. As communities continue to need essential goods, we must keep shipments moving in a safe and secure manner. As a leader in railroad safety, BNSF’s vision is to operate free of accidents

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New Bridge Keeps North Dakota Products Flowing to Market

The BNSF bridge over the Missouri River at Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota is more than 100 years old and needs to be replaced so we can continue to move goods safely. The timely replacement of the bridge will ensure continued efficient railroad shipments of agricultural and industrial products, which are economically vital to the

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Supporting Our Communities

The BNSF Railway Foundation invests in the communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work and volunteer. Recent donations include: Contributing to the Fight Against COVID-19 The BNSF Railway Foundation is proud to contribute to the Southwest Washington COVID Response Fund, operated by the Community Foundation of Southwest

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Supporting our Communities

The BNSF Railway Foundation invests in the communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work and volunteer. Recent donations include: Supporting Puget Sound Neighbors in Need Seattle Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund makes grants for rapid deployment to community organizations supporting local families and workers most impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

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Answering the Call: BNSF Keeps Supplies Moving in Times of Crisis

We don’t have to wait for the history books to tell us we’re living in a public health crisis like we have never seen. While the COVID-19 narrative is still being written, one important chapter is about BNSF’s and the nation’s freight railroads’ role in keeping our country’s supply chain secure. From source to shelves,

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Women Artists Left Their Mark on BNSF and the American West

Since the United States’ earliest days, the American West has lured artists eager to capture its beauty and vast uncharted terrain. Many of those pioneering artists were women. “As men traveled west to search for gold, their wives followed. Many recorded the journey through painting or the written word,” said Linda Osmundson, author of How

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BNSF and Hollywood’s Intersecting History

Before commercial flights became common in the 1950s, BNSF predecessor Santa Fe Railway’s “Super Chief” was the main transportation for Hollywood’s stars. The Super Chief was the railroad’s premiere Pullman sleeping car train that ran daily from Chicago to Los Angeles. With West Coast terminals in California, top-notch service and train cars completed with air

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BNSF Customers Report Robust Investments in 2019

Investments from BNSF customers utilizing our rail network totaled approximately $1.2 billion in 2019. BNSF projects 2,000 jobs were added to local economies as a result of these investments that supported a range of commodities including consumer, agricultural and industrial products in over 100 communities on our network. It’s the ninth consecutive year BNSF customers

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Reducing our Customers’ Carbon Footprint

Rail is the most environmentally-friendly mode of land transportation. Shipping by rail can help our customers reduce their carbon footprint by up to 82%. Removing long-haul trucks from our highways has a significant net positive impact on the environment. To improve awareness of how shipping by rail can reduce carbon emissions, BNSF created the Carbon Estimator

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Sniffing Out Crime on BNSF Tracks

Since BNSF’s railroad system spans the country, there is a lot of property to oversee and patrol. That’s where our very own police department and K-9 program come into play. There are three BNSF K-9s located throughout the northwest, including 7-year veteran of the force Quinn and his partner, Officer Ian Ashley. The two handle

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Increasing Safety, Capacity and Efficiency on Our Tracks

BNSF Railway is always looking for ways to increase safety and capacity on our system. One way the railroad gets more capacity is through Centralized Traffic Control, or CTC. CTC consolidates train routing decisions that were previously carried out by local signal operators or the train crews themselves. CTC utilizes automation allowing dispatchers to remotely control

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