Topic: BNSF Railway
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December 4, 2013 at 3:51 PM
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.”
November 15, 2013 at 8:37 AM
UPDATE 12:15 P.M.:
The Edmonds-Kingston ferry run is back in service after stopping while police investigated a man being struck by a train near the ferry terminal this morning. Police said that ferry service was halted because the train stopped in front of the terminal, blocking traffic in and out of the dock.
Edmonds police said the train tracks are also clear.
Police said the man killed was 35 and last known to be living in Mountlake Terrace. Police are investigating the case as a suicide.
A man was struck and killed by a freight train in Edmonds this morning.
Just before 7:30 a.m. witnesses reported seeing a man standing on the train tracks just north of Main Street, near the Edmonds Ferry Terminal. The train operator sounded his horn but couldn’t stop, said Edmonds police Sgt. Mark Marsh.
Marsh said it appears to have been a suicide. He added that they investigate about seven fatalities each year involving people struck by trains. The majority, he said, are suicides.
Gus Melonas, spokesman for BNSF Railway, said the train crew applied their emergency brakes, but were unable to stop in time to avoid the collision. He said the train was hauling general merchandise in containers from Seattle to Chicago.
Melonas said this is the 17th person fatally struck on BNSF property this year. He said that, on average, that figure hovers between 18 and 20 fatalities each year.
All train and ferry traffic in the area are delayed while police investigated. Melonas said they hope to have the tracks clear for railway traffic by 10 a.m.
March 21, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Sounder service between Seattle and Everett has been canceled until at least Monday morning after a mudslide blocked two tracks around 10:30 this morning, according to BNSF Railway.
The mudslide occurred between Mukilteo and Edmonds, the railroad reports. Under BNSF 48-hour safety rules, Sounder service will resume Monday morning if there are no further slides and the slopes adjacent to the tracks remain stable.
Extra bus alternatives are being arranged and riders can travel between Seattle and Everett.
There have been about 200 mudslides in the rail corridor between Seattle and Everett this past winter, and 82 of them have been classified as significant. In 50 cases the slides have blocked at least one track and triggered the two-day ban on passenger service.
January 3, 2013 at 4:23 PM
Yet another mudslide on BNSF Railway tracks between Seattle and Everett has canceled Northline Sounder service for 48 hours. There will be no service for this evening’s commute and none for Friday.
Southline Sounder service between Seattle and Lakewood is not affected.
Sound Transit suggests Northline Sounder passengers monitor www.soundtrantransit.org for updates and provides the following information about bus service this evening and Friday morning between Seattle and points north:
Evening bus service – Thursday, January 3, 2013
Seattle – Edmonds: Special buses will depart 4th Ave. S. and S. Jackson St. at 4:33 p.m. and 5:35 p.m. with direct service to Edmonds Station. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 416 at 5th and James at 4:27 p.m., 4:58 p.m., 5:31 p.m. and 5:57 p.m.
Seattle – Mukilteo: Special buses will depart 4th Ave. S. and S. Jackson St. at 4:33 p.m. and 5:35 p.m. with direct service to Mukilteo Station. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 417 at 4th Ave S and S Jackson St at 3:59 p.m., 4:22 p.m. 4:50 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Seattle – Everett: Special buses will depart 4th Ave. S. and S. Jackson St. at 4:05 p.m., 4:33 p.m. 5:05 p.m., and 5:35 p.m. with direct service to Everett Station. Riders may also board regularly scheduled ST Express Route 510 buses at 4th Ave. S and S. Jackson St. departing approximately every 10 minutes.
Morning bus service – Friday, January 4, 2013
Everett-Seattle: Board regularly scheduled ST Express Route 510 at Everett Station bay C1, departing approximately every 10 minutes. Additional 510 coaches will be deployed to accommodate Sounder riders.
Mukilteo-Seattle: Special buses will depart Mukilteo Station at 5:56 a.m. and 7:26 a.m. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 417 at the Ferry Terminal departing at 5:49 a.m., 6:21 a.m., 6:51 a.m., and 7:53 a.m.
Edmonds-Seattle: Special buses will depart Edmonds Station at 6:11 a.m. and 7:41 a.m. Riders may also board regularly scheduled Community Transit Route 416 at Edmonds Station departing at 6:15 a.m., 6:35 a.m., 6:55 a.m., and 7:47 a.m.
December 1, 2012 at 9:45 AM
A 33-year-old man died after he was struck by a train in the tunnel north of King Street Station in Seattle this morning, according to Seattle police.
Police said the man was hit at about 4:30 a.m. by a BNSF Railway train that was traveling north.
Fire department medics responded and took the man to Harborview Medical Center, but was reported dead by Saturday afternoon.
Police have not said how the man came to be on tracks, but detectives with the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad are investigating.
May 4, 2012 at 6:24 AM
A rare mudslide in downtown Seattle has halted passenger rail service at least until early Sunday.
The slide, triggered by heavy rains, sent mud up to four feet deep across a 50-foot section of track near Alaskan Way, near the north end of the downtown waterfront, about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, said Gus Melonas, spokesman for BNSF Railway.
Six freight trains were delayed before crews cleared the tracks enough for the trains to resume travel about 3 a.m. Friday. Under railroad policy, passenger service won’t resume until the tracks have been clear for 48 hours — 1:30 a.m. Sunday at the earliest.
Because of the heavy overnight rains, railroad workers were watching for signs of mudslides, which have been common on the tracks further north, particularly near Edmonds. Melonas said this was the biggest slide in about a decade inside Seattle.
The closure affects Sounder rail service from Everett and Amtrak service from Seattle north.
April 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM
The Associated Press
AUBURN — A BNSF Railway spokesman says a person attempting to cross BNSF’s rail yard in Auburn was hit and killed Tuesday evening by a northbound Amtrak train.
Spokesman Gus Melonas said investigators could not immediately determine the victim’s sex.
Witnesses say the person apparently climbed through an idle freight train, then stepped in front of the approaching Amtrak train shortly after 6 p.m.
Melonas says passenger- and freight-train traffic through the area was temporarily delayed.
November 23, 2011 at 12:03 PM
Mudslides near Everett have stopped Amtrak service from Seattle to Vancouver, according to Amtrak.
Amtrak is using buses to shuttle passengers between the two cities during a 48-hour moratorium imposed on passenger rail service by BNSF Railway. The railway wants to make sure the area is stable before sending passenger trains through.
Amtrak service to Vancouver, B.C., is expected to be restored on Friday. Service to points south of Seattle are running according to normal schedules.
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