BNSF Receives Recognition for Environmental Stewardship

Praising our “efforts benefiting fish, water quality, habitat and habitat connectivity,” the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) gave BNSF its 2016 WSDOT Environmental Excellence Award. The Otter Creek Restoration Project in Lewis County, Washington, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, was part of BNSF’s new track construction near Kalama, Washington. BNSF worked

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BNSF Deploying New Technologies Designed to Reduce Emissions

BNSF is deploying new technologies designed to reduce emissions, which include: Idle control: Idle-control mechanisms reduce air emissions and fuel consumption by automatically shutting down locomotives that aren’t being used.  About 90 percent of our more than 8,000 locomotives have idle-control technology, and all new locomotives we purchase are equipped with this technology. We continue to

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BNSF Railway Foundation in the Community

Pictured at right: Courtney Wallace, BNSF Regional Director of Public Affairs, and Seth Muir, Salish Sea Expeditions Executive Director, on the bridge of Elettra III in Ballard, which is used for hands-on teaching of marine science and technology.  The BNSF Railway Foundation is a proud sponsor of the program, which has provided learning experiences to

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A Message from Carl Ice, CEO of BNSF Railway

As we move forward in 2017, we must remain strong, resilient and agile while driving continued improvements in safety, service, efficiency and reliability for our customers.  Safety will always be the most important thing we do, and we will not be successful until we achieve our safety vision.  Change is constant and the pace of

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BNSF Begins Major Bridge Replacement Project in Southwest Washington

BNSF recently completed the first of two phases to replace the Camas Bridge in southwest Washington. “The team replaced the bridge’s 100-year-old truss with a new concrete approach span and 1.3 million pound truss,” said Mike Herzog, director of bridge construction.   The Camas Bridge spans the Washougal River on BNSF’s Fallbridge Subdivision in southwest Washington. Approximately 15

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Oregon and BNSF honor Bend, Oregon WWII Hero

The Oregon Legislature recently honored Bend resident Bob Maxwell who at 96-year-old is the oldest living recipient of the Medal of Honor and the only recipient living in Oregon. Separately, as a way to say thank you for his service, BNSF also honored Maxwell and the Bend Heroes Foundation during a special train ride aboard

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BNSF Adds Double Track in North Idaho

Starting this summer, BNSF will be adding 10 miles of double track in North Idaho. The second set of tracks will help ease congestion between Athol and Rathdrum.  Double track increases the network’s capacity by giving train dispatchers more options when directing traffic and by allowing planned maintenance to happen on one track while the

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Setting the Record Straight on Diesel Emissions

It was disappointing to read the final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) that the Washington Department of Ecology released on the Millennium Bulk Terminals project, and the subsequent public tweets from the agency concerning this document.  The FEIS makes several faulty assumptions about BNSF Railway’s operations, resulting in conclusions that overstate, in a counterproductive manner, the

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Spotlight: Idaho

For more than a century, BNSF Railway has played a leading role in North Idaho’s economy. The tradition remains strong today as trainloads of products are shipped in or out of the state on our 32,500-mile rail network. Idaho is part of the Great Northern Corridor, which spans the northern United States between the Pacific

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BNSF Supporting Firefighter Training in Bend, Oregon

Firefighters from Bend, Sun River, Crescent and other areas around Central Oregon received hazmat training from BNSF. BNSF brought a modified, training tank car to Bend so that first responders receive a better of understanding of how to respond to an incident involving the railroad. This mobile classroom on rails allowed first responders to experience

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WSDOT Project Expands Rail Capacity at Kalama and Longview

As part of a Washington State Department of Transportation project (WSDOT), the first trains are now safely operating over the new third main rail line at Longview. Prior to completion, freight rail traffic arriving and departing from the Ports of Kalama and Longview frequently blocked one main line track for extended periods of time limiting

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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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