WASHINGTON — The Surface Transportation Board will hold a public hearing on July 29 on a case that centers on whether a railroad may deny service to coal shippers who do not follow the railroad’s rules on coal dust dispersal. The case, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation—Petition for Declaratory Order, Docket No. FD 35305, raises the issues of whether BNSF Railway Co. may establish rules regarding coal dust dispersion from coal trains operating over its lines and if it can refuse to provide rail service to shippers who do not comply with its rules. The Board will decide if this constitutes
FORT WORTH, Texas — BNSF Railway Company has been honored by TRANSCAER (National Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) for its commitment to helping communities prepare for and respond to possible hazardous materials transportation incidents. BNSF was one of eight companies to receive TRANSCAER’s 2009 National Achievement Award for supporting the TRANSCAER initiative and extending beyond the geographic boundaries of any one region. This is the 10th time the National TRANSCAER Task Group has selected BNSF for this award for continuing dedication to emergency preparedness and community outreach. In addition, Brock Lowman, BNSF, manager, HazMat Response, was recognized with the
SPRINGDALE, Ark. — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized BNSF Logistics with its outstanding environmental performance designation in the SmartWay Transport Partner program. BNSF Logistics has been a SmartWay Transport Partner since 2005 and activities under its annual program objectives have generated the highest score possible — 1.25. “Our customers demand environmentally and financially sustainable solutions from their supply chain partners,” stated Eric Wolfe, BNSF Logistics vice president and general manager. “Customers are taking a long-term view of decisions they are making today and seeking partners who can present modal alternatives that benefit the environment. Our expertise in providing
WASHINGTON — Carload freight volume on U.S. railroads reached its highest level in more than a year during the week ended Feb. 27, the Association of American Railroads reported. U.S. railroads originated 290,261 carloads during the week ended Feb. 27, up 2.6 percent from the comparable week in 2009 and the highest level reported since the week ended Dec. 6, 2008. However, the total was still down 13.5 percent from comparison week in 2008. In order to offer a complete picture of the progress in rail traffic, AAR now reports 2010 weekly rail traffic with comparison weeks in both 2009
FORT WORTH, Texas — BNSF Railway Co. announced that it has reduced transit schedules on 60 percent of its Domestic Intermodal Premium Container traffic, and added 16 more days of service. “These changes are a direct result of feedback from our domestic carrier customers on what they need to attract more over-the-road freight to a truck-rail intermodal solution,” said George Duggan, BNSF vice president, Domestic Intermodal. One of the changes includes reducing transit time by 7 to 10 hours on BNSF’s premier Transcontinental route between Los Angeles/San Bernardino and Chicago, giving customers a morning availability and allowing for same day delivery.