BNSF Railway recently released its first sustainability report based on the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 guidelines. This report addresses material issues important to BNSF stakeholders and its business.
About 350 riders boarded BNSF Railway’s Holiday Express passenger train at Springfield, Mo., on Dec. 3, as the annual train trip, a tribute to families of the U.S. military, got underway. Other stops included Jonesboro, Ark., on Dec. 4, Memphis on Dec. 5, Amory, Miss., on Dec. 6, and the final stop at Birmingham, Ala., on Dec. 7.
Third Consecutive Year of Record Investment in BNSF Network and Infrastructure
BNSF Railway recently announced that its planned capital expenditures for 2015 will be $6 billion, which will go toward maintenance and expansion of the railroad in order to meet the expected demand for freight rail service. The 2015 plan marks the third year in a row that BNSF has committed a record amount for capital investments. BNSF also updated its planned capital expenditures for 2014, which now are expected to be $5.5 billion.
BNSF Railway, in partnership with Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency (Spokane Clean Air) and HOTSTART, is retrofitting 11 locomotives with HOTSTART idle-reduction technology to reduce emissions and conserve fuel in Washington. The pool of locomotives will operate out of the BNSF rail yards in Spokane, Wash. and Pasco, Wash.
Children and families members gathered at the Fort Worth Stockyards Station earlier this month to climb aboard for the 6th annual BNSF Railway Make-A-Wish train ride. Organized for children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions, the event provided an afternoon of enjoyment where the focus is on fun and family, rather than illness.
FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 30, 2014 /3BL Media/ – BNSF announced to its customers this week that it will go into the 2014-2015 winter season better prepared than ever before, especially if the United States experiences a return of the polar vortex. The 2013-2014 winter was one of the most severe winters the United States has experienced in decades with extreme temperatures that persisted for long periods and created special challenges for operating the railroad.
The USS Iowa was an important U.S. Navy battleship during World War II. Now docked at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif., the retired warship is a museum open to the public. Earlier this year, the Navy donated 150 16-by-50-inch caliber projectiles to the museum. Although the projectiles are inert, transporting them was a challenge due to the large size and quantity.
In the company’s first-ever Twitter contest, BNSF Railway is asking California high school students and teachers to get the word out about safety around railroad tracks. The contest is being held in coordination with the Riverside (Calif.) Unified School District, Operation Lifesaver and the Southern California Rail Safety team.