Total Employees

Combined Payroll

BNSF Foundation Giving

Lines Operated
Route miles owned: 1,334
Route miles trackage rights: 120

Originated: 491,011
Handled within state: 1,711,145
Terminated: 921,625


Rail Yards
Auburn, Bellingham, Centralia, Everett, Pasco, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Wenatchee, Wishram, Yakima

Intermodal Facilities
Seattle, Seattle International Gateway, Spokane

Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver

NW Operating Division Map


Freight rail is already the safest mode of ground transportation, and we’re always working to improve it.
We continue to invest across our network to make the transportation of crude oil and other hazardous materials even safer.
  • $3.3 billion planned investment in technology, infrastructure, and equipment in 2018
  • More than 8,000 first responders trained in 2017
  • More than 260 of our own responders and specialized equipment prepared to deploy at 67 locations along our routes
  • BNSF invests an average of $120 million annually on grade-crossing maintenance, improvements, and safety programs
  • $200 million invested in the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) technology since 2016
  • 21,000 employees trained to operate and maintain PTC trains and equipment
  • 5,000 locomotives equipped with PTC technology
  • 11,500+ route miles of PTC infrastructure installed
  • 6,000+ PTC radio towers installed


BNSF is committed to the safe operation of every single mile of our 32,500-route-mile network. Our track inspections include on-site visual inspections, and we utilize state-of-the-art technology to help identify defects or problem areas undetectable by the human eye. In Washington, our core subdivisions are inspected up to seven times per week.

  • More than $1 billion devoted to rail bridge capital investments since 2006
  • Our bridge inspectors conducted more than 61,000 bridge inspections in 2016
  • 4,000+ trackside detectors deployed across the BNSF Railway network
  • 650+ inspectors visually inspect more than 10 million miles of track every year
  • 35 million daily readings from trackside detectors determine the urgency of equipment repairs and spot trends that indicate a more planned prescription for maintenance
  • Approximately 300,000 miles of tracks annually tested by autonomous geometry cars
  • 1,260 miles of track surfacing and/or undercutting work in Washington in 2016
  • Nearly 70 miles of rail and close to 243,000 ties replaced in Washington in 2016


BNSF is proud to be an industry leader in protecting the environment. Our fleet of locomotives is already the newest and cleanest-burning in the industry, and we continue to upgrade with new and more efficient engines.

  • A single BNSF intermodal train can move as much as 280 semi-trucks, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 75%
  • BNSF has cut average locomotive particulate matter emissions by nearly 50% in the last ten years
  • In 2017, shipping with BNSF enabled our customers to reduce their total carbon emissions by 37.5 million metric tons
  • One BNSF train can move one ton of freight nearly 500 miles on a single gallon of diesel

Capital Commitments

In 2018, BNSF expects to invest approximately $160 million in its network in Washington, and approximately $3.3 billion in its capital across its system. The largest component of the plan will be to replace and maintain BNSF’s core network and related assets to ensure BNSF continues to operate a safe and reliable network. In addition, the plan includes investing in expansion and efficiency projects, continuing implementation of positive train control (PTC), and acquiring new freight cars and other equipment. In 2017, BNSF invested approximately $175 million in Washington for capital projects.


Operating in 28 States and 3 Canadian Provinces

BNSF Freight Cars: 71,000

Locomotives: 8,000

Route Miles: 32,500

Number of Employees: 41,000

Military Veterans Employed: 7,350

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