Freight Rail Works for America Campaign

The Association of American Railroads launched a campaign to inform the public about the huge benefits freight rail has on our lives and economy. Here are 8 unbelievable facts about America’s freight railroads: 60 football fields: The length of the longest freight train in American history 4 American time zones: First established by freight railroads in 1883

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BNSF and Positive Train Control

BNSF began developing and testing a PTC system before the first Congressional mandate made in 2008. BNSF was the first and only freight railroad to operate PTC starting in 2012 and continues to be the leader in Class I railroad operations with PTC on freight lines. The industry-wide change is arguably one of the most

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BNSF First Responder Training in Spokane

In August, BNSF teamed up with the Spokane Police Department and other local first responders for a day of training.  The attendees learned about rail safety and methods for addressing an emergency response on or near the rails. What really seemed to stand out during the training day was the “hands on orientation” of the

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BNSF Railway Foundation Supports Local Organizations

The BNSF Railway Foundation provided a grant to the Southwest Region EMS and Trauma Care Council.  This grant was used to send 11 students in the Southwest Region to Emergency Medical Responder training during the 2016-2017 training year.  All 11 students successfully completed training on 6/30/2017 and are now completing their field work which will

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Tacoma Rainiers, USO Northwest and BNSF support WA military families

BNSF Railway teamed up with Tacoma Rainiers and the USO Northwest (United Service Organizations) to take local military families out for a game in their USO Heroes Suite.  The Rainiers partner with USO Northwest and local organizations to provide a completely free, family-friendly luxury suite experience for local military organizations. BNSF is a proud sponsor.

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KC Industrial Waste Program Awards BNSF the Gold for Interbay Facility

Each spring, King County Industrial Waste recognizes facilities that have done an excellent job maintaining compliance and preventing pollution. The Clean Water Gold Award honors facilities that have had no violations or late reports during the year.  BNSF is proud to have received this award for our Seattle Interbay Facility for 2016. Learn more about

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BNSF Plans for HazMat Training in Idaho

BNSF takes safety very seriously and helping our first responders train is a big part of that effort. This year, BNSF conducted a cold-water boom deployment drill on the Kootenai River in Idaho with first responders in addition to providing a safety briefing to the Kootenai County Local Emergency Planning Committee. In September, BNSF will

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BNSF Reminds Eclipse Viewers to Remain Safe by Staying Away from Railroad Tracks

A total solar eclipse will occur Monday, Aug. 21, across the U.S. in many communities where BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) operates. BNSF will continue normal operations throughout the day and during the eclipse, and reminds community members to stay safe and away from railroad tracks. Because nothing is more important to BNSF than operating safely,

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Keep Washington Competitive Opposed to Spokane Ballot Measure

Keep Washington Competitive, a coalition of representatives from trade organizations, wrote an open letter explaining why they are opposed to a ballot measure that the Spokane City Council just approved for the fall election. Below are portions of that letter and we encourage you to read the full article linked below: Contrary to federal law

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BNSF Helping Farmers and Families

BNSF employees are dedicated to the success of our agricultural customers. Katie Hofmann, market manager, Feed and Grain, grew up on a ranch in southeast Montana where her family raised cattle and grew wheat, oats and barley. “I have family as well as friends that are still in the industry,” says Hofmann, “and so for me,

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BNSF Railway Foundation supports the Boys and Girls Club and High Desert Museum

The BNSF Railway Foundation donated to the High Desert Museum to support their Frontier Days program. This program provides cultural experiences to underserved youth in Oregon. For five days in April, Frontier Days engaged 1,280 fourth grade students in life on the Oregon Trail and 19th century Oregon, increasing their understanding of the history of the

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BNSF Sustainability Recognition

BNSF is proud to be featured in Inbound Logistics Magazine’s annual G75 list. This list is made up of the top 75 logistics companies that go above and beyond in sustainability efforts. Among BNSFs many green achievements, Inbound Logistics Magazine called out BNSFs efforts in: CURRENT GREEN INITIATIVES Reduce greenhouse gas emissions Use alternative fuel/energy sources

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BNSF Engineering Completes 7-year ARRA Program in Washington State

BNSF recently put the final spike in a 7-year program that included 14 complex projects in Washington. These projects, mainly funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), focused on enhancing passenger rail service and ensuring a consistent level of freight operations through the region. With a budget of nearly $480 million in federal funds, BNSF

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Inspecting Our Network and Equipment

BNSF regularly and rigorously inspects our network and equipment to ensure we continue to run a safe, reliable railroad. Our efforts include routine visual inspections by more than 650 trained and experienced track inspectors who patrol miles of track. BNSF also uses special rail cars equipped with ultrasonic detection and other technologies to look for

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Firefighting Train is Ready for the Season

BNSF’s large fleet of firefighting rail equipment is deployed throughout the Pacific Northwest and is on call to support local, state and federal government fire suppression teams. The specially designed and built units quickly move tanks holding thousands of gallons of water to wild fires in remote locations. Water cannons mounted on the trains can reach 300

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