BNSF is Investing in Infrastructure

BNSF’s recurring investment in the maintenance of its infrastructure and assets continually improve safety and efficiency. That’s why today, the BNSF network is in its best shape ever.

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Safely Reducing Rail Congestion

The people of the Pacific Northwest rely on freight rail to safely and efficiently deliver the products they use every day. That’s why BNSF is proposing to build a second rail bridge across Lake Pend Oreille at Sandpoint, Idaho. A second track will allow trains to run in both directions instead of just one at

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BNSF Renovates their Network Operations Center

BNSF has long been known as a quick adopter of new technologies. In 1995, BNSF created a Network Operations Center at their headquarters. Home to over 150 dispatches and other support staff, operations center recently completed a total renovation. With an operating floor the size of a football field, this facility handles 500 train starts

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Washougal River Railroad Bridge Replacement

BNSF recently replaced its Washougal River Railroad bridge in Camas, Washington. The project was part of BNSF’s ongoing work to maintain and upgrade its rail network to keep traffic flowing safely and efficiently.

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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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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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200-mile Relay Race: Spokane to Sandpoint

BNSF expanded its support of the race this year by becoming a corporate sponsor.  BNSF employees from throughout the region participated in the race which starts at the top of Mount Spokane and runs across 200 miles on scenic highways, back roads and gravel roads to Sandpoint, Idaho.

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Doubling Up On Track, Reduces Down Time

Here’s how BNSF lays double track on a solid foundation. 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 other track is still in operation.

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How BNSF Inspectors Keep Rail Bridges Safe

BNSF Railway’s bridge inspectors know that safety affects everyone in the communities where we operate and the people who work at the railroad. They take the responsibilities of their job personally.

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Making Connections: Justin Piper

Justin Piper, BNSF assistant director hazardous materials, lives in the Pacific Northwest. He works tirelessly to ensure the railroad ships hazardous material safely, and trains first responders in how to respond to incidents.

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Controlling Coal Dust in Pasco

To further enhance our coal dust control and mitigation program, in 2015 BNSF Railway 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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