How are Tracks Inspected?

We are continuously investing in new technologies and infrastructure to reduce risk. We also inspect our tracks more frequently than we’re required to. Most BNSF routes that carry hazardous materials are inspected up to four times weekly — more than twice than Federal Railroad Administration requirements. The busiest main lines, like the route through the

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Investing in Washington

BNSF is investing nearly $220 million in Washington this year. Our plan is focused on maintenance projects that ensure we continue operating a safe and reliable network and support growing customer demand. The largest component of this year’s capital plan in the state will be replacing and upgrading rail, rail ties and ballast. Regular maintenance

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Meet Justin Piper

BNSF’s Northwest hazardous materials team, led by director Justin Piper, works tirelessly to ensure the railroad ships commodities such as crude oil safely, and trains first responders on how to respond to incidences. This video is part of BNSF’s “Making Connections” video series, a behind-the-scenes look at BNSF employees in the Pacific Northwest who are

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A word about the Union Pacific derailment

Last week, a Union Pacific oil train derailed in Oregon. Emergency responders, including BNSF, acted swiftly to contain the risk, and protect communities and the Columbia River. Thankfully, no injuries were reported and residents are returning to their homes. Nothing — absolutely nothing — is more important to BNSF Railway than operating safely. We are

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Controlling Coal Dust in Pasco

To further enhance our coal dust control and mitigation program, in 2015 BNSF opened a re-spray facility at its rail yard in Pasco, Wash. BNSF has also been treating unit trains of petroleum coke in the facility. This facility adds another layer in an already well-proven program to control coal dust.

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How a Rail Network is Like a Circulatory System

Just like your own circulatory system, BNSF’s rail network requires proactive and planned maintenance to keep things moving. Scheduled doctor’s visits give you information about how to prevent future illnesses; similarly, frequent, in-depth inspections help BNSF identify where we need to focus efforts to ensure rail safety and reliability. BNSF’s planned maintenance commitment is essential

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Ready for Fire Season in Husum

Fire District 3 in Husum, Wash., near White Salmon received a new brush truck in anticipation for this year’s upcoming fire season. BNSF supported the completion of the new truck with $6,000 from the BNSF Railway Foundation, which helped cover the purchase and installation of the truck’s emergency lighting, radio equipment, and other associated controls.

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Meet Megan McIntyre

Recently we shared that mudslide prevention work was completed along the Seattle-Everett corridor. Now it’s time to get to know Megan McIntyre – the woman who played an important role in helping to make it happen. Megan is an engineering manager and has been at BNSF for 12 years. In May 2016, she will complete

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Celebrating 100 Years of Innovation

At BNSF Railway, we’re proud our shared history with the Boeing Company helped build the Puget Sound region into what it is today. And we’re proud to be an integral part of one of the most sophisticated supply chain operations in the world – an innovative logistics chain that gets the right parts to the

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Pacific Northwest Hazmat Team Recognized for Excellence

From Bellingham to Vancouver and Spokane, BNSF employees throughout Washington have been recognized as employees of the year. One of the 92 people being honored around the country is Justin Piper, Director – Hazardous Materials. Justin (pictured above), who is based in Vancouver, has been responsible for helping to train thousands of local emergency responders

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Uncovering Art in the Columbia River

In the late 1950s, The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam neared completion, causing water levels to rise and threatening many prehistoric rock carvings. James Lee Hansen, one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier sculptors, made stone copies of the carvings to save them from being lost in the rising Columbia River. Because of grants provided

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Dedication to Environmental Stewardship

Every year a member of Congress and a railroad employee are presented with the John H. Chafee Award to recognize outstanding environmental stewardship in the railroad industry. This year BNSF nominated John Jeffrey for his forward-thinking improvements and safe operations at BNSF’s locomotive fueling facility in Hauser, Idaho. John helped work with government agencies to

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Our Commitment to Safety

Recently, Crosscut ran the article “At Mariners games, it’s baseballs and bomb trains.” Our response to the article, also published on Crosscut, is below: BNSF Railway welcomes serious public discussion of rail safety issues. Unfortunately, Nick Abraham’s piece published April 11 (“At Mariners games, it’s baseballs and bomb trains”) fell short of making a contribution. As a railroad,

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Setting the Record Straight on Coal Dust

It is highly disappointing that the University of Washington is associated with a study that is clearly being funded for and driven by groups opposed to fossil fuels. Opponents of coal exports are using bad science to create a concern over coal dust and advance their cause about coal exports, not because there is any

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Watch How BNSF Employees Are Making Connections in the Pacific Northwest

How much do you know about the thousands of people BNSF employs in the region? This month, BNSF launches Making Connections, a behind-the-scenes look at BNSF employees who contribute to safe, efficient, and technologically advanced rail transportation. Filmed across Washington and Oregon, the new series showcases BNSF employees who stabilize slopes in Puget Sound, volunteer

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