BNSF RAILWAY IN WASHINGTON
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Route miles owned: 1,332
Route miles trackage rights: 123
Handled within state: 1,658,644
MAJOR FACILITIES IN WASHINGTON
Auburn, Bellingham, Centralia, Everett, Pasco, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Wenatchee, Wishram, Yakima
Seattle, Seattle International Gateway, Spokane
Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver
INSPECTING OUR TRACKS AND BRIDGES
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
- 2,000+ trackside detectors deployed across the BNSF Railway network
- 650+ inspectors visually inspect more than 10 million miles of track every year
- 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
MOVING TOWARD A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT
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
- 34 million metric tons of emissions were reduced in 2015 by our customers by utilizing freight rail instead of moving goods entirely over the roads
- One BNSF train can move one ton of freight nearly 500 miles on a single gallon of diesel
In 2017, BNSF plans to invest approximately $175 million in its network in Washington, and approximately $3.4 billion in capital expansion and maintenance 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 projects, continuing implementation of positive train control (PTC), and acquiring new locomotives, freight cars, and other equipment. In 2016, BNSF invested approximately $200 million in Washington for capital projects.