Washington: A Gateway to International Trade

BNSF has been Washington’s primary freight railroad since 1873, moving many of the products coming in and out of the state that keep our economy moving. As part of the Great Northern Corridor that spans the northern U.S. to Chicago, Washington is a critical piece of our rail network. BNSF helps farmers in the state

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How Intermodal Saved Freight Rail

Rail was the preferred method for heavy hauling since the first railroad was chartered in 1827. However, by the 1970s, heavy-handed regulation left the freight rail industry unable to keep up with an increasingly global economy and pushed the industry toward collapse. At the time, freight came in all shapes and sizes and each piece

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A Photo Opportunity Isn’t Worth the Risk

The search for a perfect photo—or social media post—leads many to shoot on train tracks, but that isn’t the best idea. Not only is it trespassing, it’s a dangerous photo opportunity that can end in serious injury or even death. Although train tracks may seem like a popular setting for photo shoots it’s not worth

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BNSF Recognized for Logistical Excellence

BNSF has been named the recipient of the 2018 President’s Award for Rail Logistics Excellence by Toyota Logistics Services. It’s the fifth consecutive year BNSF has won Toyota’s highest supplier honor given to service partners who excel in quality, customer service, on-time performance and kaizen (continued improvement). BNSF handled more than 560,000 Toyota and Lexus

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Giving Back to Our Communities

The BNSF Railway Foundation continues to support the communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work and volunteer. Recent contributions include: Helping Children Access the Outdoors The BNSF Railway Foundation issued a grant for $10,000 to the North Idaho College Foundation Children’s Center Outdoor Learning Environment. The Outdoor

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Supporting Safe Outdoor Recreation

The BNSF Railway Foundation helped fund a joint public safety fair in Sultan recently that was held by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Snohomish County Search and Rescue and Snohomish County Fire. The fair had an emphasis on spring and summer safety, as the nicer weather warms and people

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Protecting Our Environment Through Energy-Efficiency

At BNSF, we strive to minimize our impact on the planet and to contribute to the long-term sustainability of every community we serve. Railroads are the most environmentally preferred mode of surface transportation and cutting carbon emissions is a priority as we move our customers’ freight via rail. Overall, our customers reduced their total carbon

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Using Artificial Intelligence to Create a Safer Railroad

BNSF’s safety goal of an accident and injury-free workplace is becoming more possible—with the help of artificial intelligence (AI). BNSF is utilizing AI technology to detect wheel defects, in which algorithms sort through more than 35 million readings a day to identify potential issues that could lead to derailment and other issues on our tracks.

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Railroad Safety is for Everyone

Walking along railroad tracks is dangerous and can lead to serious injury or even death. While the number one priority, safety isn’t the only consideration – walking or playing on railroad tracks is trespassing on private property and can lead to a hefty fine, or even arrest. The strict rules are in the public’s best

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Giving Back to Our Communities

The BNSF Railway Foundation continues to support the communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work and volunteer. Recent contributions include: Helping rebuild communities and honoring the past Sandpoint, Idaho’s downtown area unfortunately lost a piece of history when a fire destroyed several historic buildings in February. The

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North Idaho First Responders Train on BNSF Airboat, Ice Rescue Techniques

Unusually frigid temperatures in the inland Pacific Northwest last month gave first responders in Northern Idaho the perfect opportunity to familiarize themselves with a new BNSF airboat and other winter rescue equipment. A training session held at Lake Pend Oreille near Sandpoint, Idaho saw first responders in the region practice airboat operation on water, ice,

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Spreading the Safety Message in Centralia

BNSF Police officers John Smith, Greg Thares and Jim Brown recently assisted the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office with the 2019 Safety City event in Centralia, Wash. Safety City is sponsored by Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and Operation Life Saver. Surrounding law enforcement agencies and local fire department members staffed five different stations,

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Evolving With Agriculture Over the Years

Greg Guthrie, BNSF’s Director of Marketing for Agriculture Products, recently appeared on the Washington Grain Commission’s “Wheat All About It” podcast. Guthrie discussed the evolution of grain transportation over the years, and how BNSF increased holding capacity without increasing train size. BNSF has evolved alongside the agriculture industry. For example, Guthrie said commodity-sized grain shipments

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Investing in our Communities

Supporting the communities where we operate, live, work and volunteer is paramount to BNSF. Recent BNSF Railway Foundation contributions include: Building connections between people and animals  The BNSF Railway Foundation supports the Woodland Park Zoo’s effort to expand zoo access to those unable to visit due to resource, distance or language barriers. Contributions from the

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In the Works: Sandpoint Junction Connector Project

A comprehensive Environmental Assessment (EA) of BNSF’s proposed Sandpoint Junction Connector Project is under way by the U.S. Coast Guard. The public is encouraged to comment on the draft EA by March 25 at www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/02/06/2019-01134/notice-of-availability-of-draft-environmental-assessment-for-the-proposed-construction-of-railroad. To meet the growing needs of the communities we serve, BNSF is proposing to build a second bridge over Lake Pend

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