Stories tagged: railroads
Mon., Dec. 4, 2017
Then and Now: University District
Until Expo ’74, the University District was a maze of railroad tracks and warehouses. Today it is being transformed into a combination of modern college campus, scientific business incubator and …
Mon., Oct. 16, 2017
Then and Now: Opportunity Township
Townships were a way for rural areas to have a local government of their own, outside of cities and outside of county government. In Washington, only Spokane and Whatcom counties …
Sun., Oct. 15, 2017
Editorial: Prop. 2 well-meaning but misdirected
Ultimately this is a federal matter, so voters should turn down Proposition 2. But that doesn’t mean community leaders and citizens shouldn’t keep up the pressure.
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 4:34 p.m.
Oil, coal train fines in Spokane go to voters with legal path unclear
On the question of whether Spokane can – or should – fine the owners of rail cars transporting certain crude oil and coal through downtown, both sides say they’re on …
Mon., July 24, 2017
Then and now: Construction, redesign of Riverfront Park
In the early 1960s, business and city leaders believed that Spokane needed something to bring it out of its funk. The economy was stagnant. Railroads were still shipping, but passenger …
UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 11:16 p.m.
Initiatives on oil trains, pot sales near churches in Spokane move closer to ballot
The city clerk’s office will review thousands of signatures on the two petitions, gathered in advance of the November ballot. Opponents of the proposal to fine coal and oil trains …
Sat., May 27, 2017
Michael J. Rush: Local laws would impede railroad operations
One wouldn’t have guessed from some of the publicity surrounding crude oil shipments, but more than 99.99 percent of all railroad shipments involving crude oil reach their destination without an …
Sat., March 18, 2017, 7 a.m.
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 …
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016, 5:53 p.m.
Madi Clark: Regulatory grip too tight for proposed terminal
Ecology’s completely new regulatory concept would hinder the ability of infrastructure to develop and make it impossible for Millennium to operate.
Thu., Nov. 3, 2016, 5:31 p.m.
Knezovich vows legal challenge to proposed oil, coal train ban in Spokane
An independent legal review of a proposal to fine the shippers of coal and oil through downtown Spokane determined it violates federal law, but City Councilman Breean Beggs said he’ll …
Thu., Sept. 22, 2016, 1:13 p.m.
Millwood rail crossing on oil train route will get safety improvements
A Union Pacific rail crossing used by oil trains through Millwood is targeted for more than $450,000 in safety improvements.
Sun., Sept. 4, 2016, 4 a.m.
Railroads keep most bridge inspection data secret
With railroad bridges carrying oil, coal and hazardous cargo through cities and towns, local officials are asking whether the structures are safe, but can’t get much information.
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 12:49 p.m.
Three ‘Raging Grannies’ arrested for blocking oil and coal trains
About 20 protestors are blocking rail lines on Trent Avenue to protest the movement of oil and coal trains through Spokane.
Tue., Aug. 30, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: Farmers worry crops won’t make it to markets as railroad workers prepare to strike
From our archives, 100 years ago The railroad unions called for a nationwide strike to begin in several days and the repercussions were already felt in Spokane.
Thu., June 16, 2016, 3:50 p.m.
Oregon officials seek to suspend oil trains after derailment
Oregon transportation officials are asking federal rail authorities to suspend crude oil trains in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River Gorge until there is a better understanding of what caused a …
Thu., June 9, 2016, 11:32 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Safety upgrades for rail tank cars coming much too slowly
Something to consider about the 30,000-gallon tank cars full of Bakken crude oil that regularly pass through Spokane: The oil industry says the “arbitrary, capricious” federal government must give it …
Tue., April 19, 2016, 10:56 a.m.
Montana to create rail safety plan after critical audit
Montana’s Public Service Commission is giving its staff six months to complete a rail safety risk assessment and plan after a report criticized the agency for not having one.
Thu., April 7, 2016, 1:02 p.m.
Feds: Amtrak must retrain track workers on basic safety
Amtrak has been ordered to immediately retrain track workers on basic safety rules after a passenger train struck and killed two Amtrak employees near Philadelphia.
Fri., Feb. 26, 2016, 10:15 a.m.
Rail hazmat safety violations should be prosecuted, regulators say
Federal regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil and other hazardous cargo for criminal prosecution, according to a report Friday by a …
Wed., Feb. 24, 2016, 7:40 p.m.
Number of crude oil trains declined last year as prices fell
Freight railroads delivered 17 percent fewer carloads of crude oil last year after oil prices collapsed.
Fri., Feb. 19, 2016, 5:15 p.m.
New state rule requires railroads to prove ability to pay for spills
Railroads that ship crude oil through Washington will soon begin reporting information about their financial ability to pay for cleanup costs in the event of a spill or derailment.
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: 14 suspected of selling sherry wine arrested at downtown hotel
From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s largest booze raid since prohibition resulted in the arrest of 14 men at the Arlington Hotel Bar, 310 W. Sprague.
Fri., Jan. 29, 2016
100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: Deep snow causes havoc in train travel
From our archives, 100 years ago The region’s nasty winter kept getting worse. In fact, the railroads were declaring it to be the worst winter in their history
Wed., Jan. 27, 2016
100 years ago in Adams County: Two Milwaukee Road trains collide head-on, killing three
From our archives, 100 years ago Two Milwaukee Road passenger trains crashed head-on seven miles west of Lind, killing one of the engineers and two “unidentified tramps” riding on the …
Fri., Oct. 30, 2015
100 years ago in Spokane: thousands gawk at electric train
From our archives, 100 years ago
Tue., Oct. 27, 2015, 12:14 p.m.
House bill delays train safety technology mandate 3 to 5 years
The House passed a bill Tuesday that delays for three to five years the mandate for railroads to put long-sought safety technology in place. Federal accident investigators say the technology, …
Fri., June 5, 2015
Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago How important were the railroads in 1915 Spokane?
Sat., May 2, 2015
Feds order oil train cars with leaky valves pulled for repair
A leaking oil train that traveled across Washington and Idaho in January had tank cars with flawed valves, which are also installed in thousands of other tank cars nationwide, federal …
Thu., April 9, 2015
Fruit shipper sues BNSF railroad
A Quincy, Washington, company that shipped fresh fruit to the Midwest is suing BNSF Railway Co., saying the railroad canceled the company’s 72-hour service to Chicago to concentrate on higher …
Thu., Feb. 12, 2015
Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago Local freight companies hailed an Interstate Commerce Commission ruling that reduced railroad freight rates for Spokane.