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December 12, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Passenger service disrupted after mudslide hits tracks near Edmonds

The Associated Press EDMONDS  — A mudslide hit BNSF Railway tracks at 12:30 a.m. Friday near Edmonds. Spokesman Gus Melonas says the tracks were cleared and freight trains resumed running at 3 a.m. But,a 48-hour safety moratorium will prevent passenger trains from rolling between Seattle and Everett this weekend. Buses will bridge the service. Amtrak says passenger service between…


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November 26, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Passenger trains back on tracks south of Everett

The Associated Press EVERETT — Passenger trains are back on the tracks between Seattle and Everett, as of 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says crews cleared mud, trees and debris that came down a 50-foot embankment on Monday. Freight traffic resumed that day,  but the railway waits 48 hours before allowing passenger trains to return…


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November 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Mudslide stops passenger trains south of Everett

The Associated Press EVERETT — A mudslide Monday morning south of Everett has temporarily suspended passenger rail service between Seattle and Everett. BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says crews are working to clear mud, trees and debris that came down a 50-foot embankment next to the track’s single main line Freight trains are expected to resume operations later…


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June 18, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Sounder, Amtrak trains running again after dispatch stoppage

UPDATE 5:01 P.M. The BNSF Railway says it just fixed a dispatching problem affecting several states — allowing Sound Transit commuter trains and other traffic to move again soon. “It’ll be a slow process initially, but it’ll return,” said BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas. EARLIER POST: Sounder commuter trains won’t be running this afternoon until the BNSF Railway fixes a…


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April 1, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Large mudslide shuts down train service between Seattle, Everett

UPDATE, 7:55 p.m. | The BNSF Railway tracks re-opened to freight trains earlier this evening, according to BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas. However, passenger trains cannot resume service until 48 hours after the slide. Crews worked throughout the day to remove 8,000 cubic yards of material, Melonas said. ORIGINAL POST | Train traffic between Seattle and Everett…


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March 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Another mudslide stops passenger trains north of Seattle

UPDATE, 6:40 p.m. | Sound Transit has released the following information about Wednesday morning bus service for Northline Sounder commuters: Everett-Seattle: Special buses will depart Everett Station at 5:45 am and 6:15 am in the Greyhound loading area. Riders may also board regularly scheduled ST Express Route 510 departing approximately every 10 minutes Mukilteo-Seattle: Special buses…


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March 12, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Judge allows lawsuit over coal trains to proceed

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge in Seattle has allowed a lawsuit over coal trains to proceed against BNSF Railway. Seven environmental groups sued BNSF last summer, alleging it violated the law by allowing railcars to spill coal and other pollutants into waterways. U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour on Wednesday denied BNSF’s motion to dismiss. The…


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January 12, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Mudslides force BNSF Railway cancellation

Mudslides have forced the cancellation of commuter trains on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks between Everett and Seattle until at least Tuesday evening, a spokesman reported late Sunday. The line was closed Sunday evening when a mudslide, spurred by heavy weekend rains, resulted in a blockage that was at least 5-feet deep and 10-feet long…


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December 4, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Railroads will offer same-sex benefits, but lawsuit continues

A day after two gay engineers from Washington filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against BNSF Railway, a coalition representing the nation’s largest freight carriers announced big rail will begin providing health-care benefits to same-sex spouses of employees starting next year.

“The nation’s largest freight carriers will provide dependent health care coverage to eligible same-sex spouses of covered railroad employees effective Jan. 1, 2014,” the National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC) said in the statement.

The statement added rail companies would provide the benefits, even though the conference doesn’t believe such coverage is required by law or existing collective-bargaining agreements.

Gus Melonas, a regional spokesman for BNSF,  confirmed the statement today but declined further comment.

The announcement will do little to stop the federal suit, however, a Seattle lawyer representing two BNSF engineers said today.

“If it’s true they’re going to start providing health coverage, I would say that’s a step in the right direction,” attorney Cleveland Stockmeyer said. “But the lawsuit would only be partially resolved. They would still have to cover the year it took to get around to finally doing this.”


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