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Idaho environmental group appeals BNSF bridge permit

An environmental group is appealing an Idaho Department of Lands encroachment permit granted for a BNSF Railway Co. bridge.


Permitting problems put brakes on key U.S.-Canadian transportation projects

Degraded infrastructure, unsteady political support for financing transportation projects and regulatory differences between American states and Canadian provinces dominated discussion Monday during the transportation sessions at the Pacific Northwest Economic …


McMorris Rodgers, Valley Council discuss future transportation initiatives

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers met with the Spokane Valley City Council Friday morning to discuss plans and concerns for the city’s future transportation projects.


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

New city hall one of many signs of progress, Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins says

Spokane Valley is poised for growth with a balanced budget, a new city hall building and infrastructure improvements to lure new businesses to the city, Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins …


BNSF setting records in Southwest Washington, systemwide

BNSF Railway shipments were at an all-time high during the first quarter of this year, the company reported, surpassing its record set in 2006. BNSF, which is also moving record …


Spokane Valley council members fear amendment from Rep. Matt Shea could imperil Barker Road bridge project

An amendment put forth by Rep. Matt Shea for the Washington State Senate 2017-19 transportation budget could potentially put the Spokane Valley’s Barker Road grade separation project in jeopardy.


BNSF to double track on line linking Spokane Valley to Hauser, Idaho

As part of its 2018 capital expenditure plan to invest $160 million for infrastructure improvements in Washington state, BNSF Railway Co. is planning to upgrade its rail lines by installing …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

Spokane voters reject fines for coal, oil trains traveling through downtown

Proposition 2 was failing with only 41 percent of votes cast in favor of the measure, which had been criticized as illegal and potentially embroiling the city in costly legal …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

Shirtless BNSF coal train rider ticketed in Cheney

He was a sight to see Wednesday morning, sitting shirtless astride an open coal train car and riding it like a stagecoach teamster through downtown Spokane.


Kennewick man dies after being struck by BNSF freight train

A 30-year-old man was sitting on the railroad tracks in Kennewick, Washington, when he was hit by a BNSF train. He later died from his injuries.


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court overturns Montana in BNSF Railway worker case

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a Montana court’s ruling that two BNSF Railway workers could sue the company for their injuries in the state, even though the men never …


Man arrested after locking himself inside train locomotive, blowing whistle

Police arrested a man early Saturday who locked himself inside a running locomotive and blew the whistle repeatedly as he refused to come out.


BNSF appeals review of Washington coal terminal project

BNSF Railway has appealed an environmental review of a coal-export terminal in Washington state, arguing it miscalculated or overstated the risk of cancer for some residents.


BNSF appeals review of Washington coal terminal project

BNSF Railway has appealed an environmental review of a coal-export terminal in Washington state, arguing it miscalculated or overstated the risk of cancer for some residents.


UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017, 4:04 p.m.

Railway, medical examiner in fight over video of man’s death

BNSF Railway is asking a judge to prevent the Pierce County Medical Examiner from obtaining video showing the moments before a man was killed by a train, citing privacy concerns.


UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 10:40 p.m.

Knezovich, railroads tout rail safety as Spokane coal, oil train activists close in on ballot measure

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and representatives of Union Pacific and BNSF said Thursday they’re working to ensure coal and oil moves safely through downtown Spokane and first responders are ready in …


Second bridge to be built over Lake Pend Oreille

A railway company is moving forward with design and engineering for a second bridge over Lake Pend Oreille in northern Idaho.


Track inspectors on front lines of safe shipment of crude oil, state says

Since trains began hauling flammable crude oil from the Northern Plains to Western Washington ports and refineries, state and local attention to rail infrastructure has increased. Track inspectors are on …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 7:47 p.m.

Amtrak passengers held up by avalanche transported to Spokane by bus

Amtrak passengers stuck behind an avalanche that covered the BNSF Railway track in the Marias Pass in northwestern Montana have been returned to their city of origin or bused to …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 3:13 p.m.

Oil, coal train protesters in Spokane file federal lawsuit claiming climate change protections

Citing the climate-damaging effects of coal and oil, a group of protesters who were arrested protesting in Spokane last year have filed a federal lawsuit declaring federal control of rail …


Two BNSF Railway workers killed on tracks in South Dakota

Two BNSF Railway employees have been struck and killed by a train near Edgemont in southwestern South Dakota.


Woman and teenager killed in collision with train identified

Fairchild Airman Capt. Daniel Normandin, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron, lost his wife Melissa Kelly Normandin, 45, and his son, Jacob Michael Normandin, 14, when the pickup they were in was …


Union Pacific agrees to inspection, maintenance improvements

Federal railroad authorities reached an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad requiring improvements to the railroad’s inspection and safety procedures. The resolution between the two entities came about Dec. 23.


Coal train partially derails in southwest Washington

A single car on a train carrying coal from Montana to British Columbia partially derailed in southwestern Washington state, but it remained upright and none of the coal spilled.


Slide halts passenger rail service between Seattle, Everett

A mudslide has temporarily halted passenger train service between Seattle and Everett.


BNSF Railway agrees to study covers for rail cars transporting coal to reduce dust

BNSF Railway has reached a tentative settlement with Washington environmental groups over coal dust from uncovered train cars.


Enviromental groups suing to force BNSF to cover coal-train loads

In a case with national implications, a broad coalition of environmental groups are suing to force BNSF to cover coal-train loads to help prevent water pollution.


Trial to consider coal pollution from BNSF coal trains

A trial set for next month will weigh whether coal dust that spills into waterways from passing BNSF coal trains violates environmental law.


Getting There: Hillyard oil contamination puts roadblock in plans for North Spokane Corridor

Oil contamination in the old rail yard in Hillyard is causing problems for the future route of the North Spokane Corridor.


Oil and coal train protest shuts down BNSF tracks in Spokane

Three people were arrested Thursday evening in a protest against oil trains that shut down the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks near Trent Avenue and Napa Street.