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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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November 15, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Man struck, killed by train in Edmonds this morning

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…


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March 21, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Mudslide cancels Sounder service between Seattle and Everett

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…


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January 3, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Mudslide cancels Northline Sounder service tonight and tomorrow

The latest mudslide on train tracks between Seattle and Everett. (Gus Melonas / BNSF Railway) 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…


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December 1, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Man struck by train in Seattle Tunnel

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…


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May 4, 2012 at 6:24 AM

Mudslide halts passenger rail traffic through Seattle

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…


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April 10, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Person crossing BNSF tracks killed by train in Auburn

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…


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November 23, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Mudslides halt Amtrak service between Seattle, Vancouver, B.C.

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…


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