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52 climate activists arrested in railroad protest near Anacortes

SEATTLE — Authorities cleared the railroad tracks of protesters and arrested 52 climate activists Sunday morning near Anacortes after a two-day shutdown.

Date: 05/15/2016 | Northwest

A victory for coal train opponents, but not the end of the line

TULALIP — Monday's decision by the federal government to deny a permit for a coal-shipping terminal in Whatcom County has sweeping implications for...

Date: 05/11/2016 | Local News

Train derails in Washington, D.C.; leaks hazardous chemical

WASHINGTON — A CSX freight train derailed near a Metro stop in Washington, D.C., Sunday morning, sending about 10 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material from one of them, officials said.No injuries were reported and no evacuations were ordered.

Date: 05/01/2016 | Nation & World

No Lenora rail overpass, but other freight projects inch forward

Traffic can get tied up real quick in the Lowell area of Everett when a train comes through the crossing where Lenora Street turns into Lowell Snohomish...

Date: 04/27/2016 | Street Smarts

Witnesses say man ran onto track, killed by train in Edmonds

EDMONDS — A 43-year-old Kansas man was struck and killed by a train near the platform at Edmonds Station on Tuesday.The 12:10 p.m. incident blocked the railroad crossing, and Washington State Ferries suspended operations between Edmonds and Kingston for several hours.

Date: 04/19/2016 | Local News

Hundreds voice concerns over Vancouver oil terminal lease

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Opponents of a proposed rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal in Vancouver showed up in large numbers to a Port of Vancouver meeting on Tuesday.

Date: 04/13/2016 | Northwest

I-5 railroad bridge to nowhere part of Tulalip trail plan

My partner in crime and loyal Street Smarts reader, Herald copy editor Bill Pedigo, asked about the

Date: 04/10/2016 | Street Smarts

Allow review of coal terminal to address concerns of all

As the nearly four-year-long review of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal nears completion, opponents of the project at the Cherry Point industrial park seem intent on saying and doing anything necessary to stop this project before all the facts are compiled and released to the...

Date: 04/10/2016 | Commentary

Amtrak train hits equipment on track; 2 workers die

CHESTER, Pa. — An Amtrak train struck a piece of heavy equipment just south of Philadelphia on Sunday, causing a derailment that killed two Amtrak workers and sent more than 30 passengers to hospitals, authorities said.

Date: 04/03/2016 | Nation & World

Mudslide on tracks near Everett cancels train service

SEATTLE — Sound Transit says a mudslide is blocking railroad tracks just south of Everett, canceling passenger train service between Seattle and Everett through Tuesday.The agency is providing bus service Monday and Tuesday for commuters who usually take the Sounder train to work.

Date: 03/28/2016 | Northwest

Landslide closes railroad tracks near Mukilteo

SEATTLE ­— BNSF Railway has imposed a 48-hour moratorium on passenger train service between Seattle and Everett because of a landslide south of Mukilteo.

Date: 03/28/2016 | Local News

Small slide near Mukilteo doesn’t affect tracks

MUKILTEO — A small mudslide was reported Sunday morning at Naketa Beach in Mukilteo.That area has been sloughing for years.

Date: 03/20/2016 | Local News

Railroads making upgrades to keep freight moving safely

Washington state is home to a crucial segment of the nation's extensive 140,000-mile freight rail network, which is why the industry is constantly investing in infrastructure, technology and training to improve its already-safe operations in the area.The Evergreen State is a...

Date: 03/20/2016 | Commentary

County Council approves plan to buy 12-mile rail corridor

EVERETT — Snohomish County has revived plans to buy a 12-mile stretch of the Eastside Rail Corridor between Snohomish and Woodinville.The Port of Seattle owns the property. Port commissioners agreed Tuesday to the $3.5 million sale. That followed the County Council's...

Date: 03/09/2016 | Local News

Spokane Valley residents call to silence train whistles

SPOKANE — Residents in Spokane Valley and Cheney are calling for horn-free zones to silence train whistles near their homes.

Date: 03/07/2016 | Northwest

Report: Rail hazmat safety violations should be prosecuted

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil and other hazardous cargo for criminal prosecution, and are going lightly on civil fines, according to a report released Friday by a government watchdog.

Date: 02/26/2016 | Northwest

Amtrak to welcome small pets on Cascades trains

OLYMPIA — State officials say small dogs and cats will be able to travel with their families on Amtrak Cascades trains starting in early March.Washington Department of Transportation Rail Director Ron Pate says previously only service animals were allowed the on the trains.

Date: 02/23/2016 | Northwest

Cities, counties and tribes seek limits on oil and coal shipping

EVERETT — Oil train explosions might grab headlines, but there are a number of other issues surrounding the shipment of fossil fuels that are bringing a diverse group of local leaders together.

Date: 02/18/2016 | Local News

Paying costs of getting around

The money isn't in hand — that will have to wait for Congress to complete the federal budget process before October — but two transportation projects in Snohomish County are in line to receive federal funding that represents confidence in their value and necessity to...

Date: 02/14/2016 | Editorials

Coal, oil trains offer more threat than benefit to region

The Pacific Northwest faces a growing surge of crude oil trains and barges, coupled with proposals for massive coal export terminals that will snarl traffic, delay freight and threaten the health of our communities. Recent action by Congress to lift a long-standing ban on oil exports is...

Date: 02/06/2016 | Commentary

It's all about access

Open house to cover plans to fix traffic woes in Edmonds

Date: 01/26/2016 | Local News

Travelers in Mumbai to get free Google Wi-Fi

MUMBAI, India — Google Inc. has begun offering free Wi-Fi to Mumbai train passengers in hopes of boosting its role in the Indian market.Giggling groups of students, bored commuters and snack-shop vendors were all logging on Friday at Mumbai Central Train Station, the...

Date: 01/23/2016 | Business Wire

Mudslide halts passenger service between Seattle, Everett

SEATTLE — A mudslide has shut down passenger train service between Seattle and Everett.BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says passenger and commuter train service through the area is suspended until Saturday morning.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Northwest

Trespassing for the planet

5 who blocked oil train in Everett may appeal verdict

Date: 01/17/2016 | Local News

Climate activists convicted of trespassing at railroad yard

LYNNWOOD — Five climate activists were convicted Friday of a misdemeanor trespassing charge in Snohomish County District Court over their protest at the Delta train yard in Everett on Sept. 2, 2014.

Date: 01/15/2016 | Local News

Almost there

Sounder station in Mukilteo, beset with delays, set to open soon

Date: 01/12/2016 | Local News

Man on tracks struck and killed by Amtrak train in Sumner

SUMNER — A railroad official said a 53-year-old man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Sumner on Saturday morning.BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said they believe the man lived across the street from the rail yard.

Date: 01/02/2016 | Northwest

Deadly truck crash causes Portland railroad yard fire

PORTLAND, Ore. — A semitrailer truck hauling fuel crashed into a parked railroad tanker on Sunday, sparking a fire that sent up plumes of black smoke visible for miles.The truck driver, 41-year-old Andrew Lambert of Vancouver, Washington, was killed.

Date: 12/14/2015 | Northwest

Man’s body found near Auburn train tracks

AUBURN — A BNSF Railway spokesman says a man’s body was found near train tracks in Auburn Friday morning.Gus Melonas says crews discovered the body on BNSF property around 10:30 a.m.

Date: 12/11/2015 | Northwest

State imposes full $71,700 fine on BNSF for hazardous spills

OLYMPIA – The state Utilities and Transportation Commission on Monday imposed a $71,700 fine on BNSF Railway for failing to timely report several spills of hazardous materials, including two...

Date: 12/07/2015 | Local News

BSNF fined $71K after state removes suspension of $40K

OLYMPIA — Washington state regulators have fined BNSF Railway $71,700 for tardy reporting of crude oil leaks and other hazardous material spills along the state’s railway.

Date: 12/07/2015 | Northwest

Pedestrian struck, killed by light-rail train in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — Police say a pedestrian was struck and killed by a light-rail train in southeast Portland.Police say the person was trying to cross the tracks in a restricted area between loading platforms when the crash happened Sunday afternoon.

Date: 11/29/2015 | Northwest

State shaping new rules to guide oil transport

OLYMPIA — State regulators are working on new rules that will guide the transportation of crude oil across Washington state.

Date: 11/22/2015 | Northwest

BNSF takes accident prevention, preparation seriously

Freight rail is the backbone of the Northwest economy, and for well over a century, Burlington Northern Santa Fe has proudly and safely brought goods to and from Washington. We move the things we use every day — from the food we eat to the clothes we wear to the construction...

Date: 11/22/2015 | Commentary

Edmonds traffic advisory group wants to hear from the public

EDMONDS — For years, visitors and residents alike have complained about the convergence of train, ferry and car traffic that causes backups and sometimes significant delays in getting to the city’s waterfront.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News

Last stop for historic Shay locomotive

LONGVIEW — Instead of the rusting, broken down Shay locomotive he knew as a boy, Ivan Christensen could see his own tall figure in the polished metal of a fully-restored piece of Longview history.

Date: 11/12/2015 | Northwest

Texas copes with floods, heavy rain

DALLAS — Southeast Texas was bracing for heavy rain late Saturday and into Sunday as the remnants of Hurricane Patricia combined with a powerful storm system that’s been rumbling across Texas, flooding roads and causing a freight train to derail.

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World

Man clipped by freight train dies in Clark County

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Clark County officials say a man was clipped by a freight train north of Felida, Washington, early Tuesday morning. A railway spokesman says he died at a local hospital.

Date: 10/20/2015 | Northwest

Bill could shield oil train spill response plans from disclosure

WASHINGTON — A House of Representatives bill unveiled Friday could make it more difficult for the public to know how prepared railroads are for responding to oil spills from trains, their worst-case scenarios and how much oil is being transported by rail through communities.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Northwest

Crane tips over on railroad tracks; no injuries

MARYSVILLE — No one was hurt Thursday when a stand-alone crane tipped over between Everett and Marysville. The sight caused a stir for commuters on nearby bridges.

Date: 10/15/2015 | Local News

Cracked track blamed for oil train derailment

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. — A fiery oil train derailment in southern West Virginia last February resulted from a broken rail that started with a crack that should have been detected but was missed in two inspections, federal investigators said Friday.

Date: 10/10/2015 | Nation & World

Edmonds hires firm to tackle downtown traffic snarl

EDMONDS — The downtown traffic snarls caused by the convergence of ferries, trains and automobiles have plagued the city for decades. Now Tetra Tech, a Seattle consulting firm, has been given the challenge of finding a solution.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Local News

Warren Buffett builds L.A.-Chicago railroad superhighway

A noisy yellow machine laying down railroad track near Alva, Oklahoma — as much as a mile a day of concrete and steel — is Warren Buffett’s solution to the industry’s dwindling coal traffic.

Date: 10/07/2015 | Business Wire

Oregon mill worker struck by slow-moving train dies

GASTON, Ore. — A man working at a lumber mill has died after being struck by a train about 30 miles west of Portland.

Date: 10/06/2015 | Northwest

Speed up oil-by-rail measures

The wheels of government move slowly, as is being shown in implementing legislation passed this year intended to give communities in Washington state advance notice when trains with oil tanker cars are moving through town.The new state law makes a number of improvements with...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Editorials

Living history

Railroad Days rolls through Granite Falls on Saturday

Date: 10/02/2015 | Local News

Ethanol tanker cars derail, 1 burns in South Dakota

SCOTLAND, S.D. — Seven ethanol tanker cars derailed and at least one caught fire Saturday morning in southeastern South Dakota, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad said. The company said no one was hurt.

Date: 09/19/2015 | Nation & World

Judge allows Swinomish tribe’s lawsuit over oil trains to proceed

SEATTLE — A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community to proceed against BNSF Railway over oil train shipments.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Northwest

Cities scramble to be prepared for an oil train disaster

They rumble past schools, homes and businesses in dozens of cities around the country — 100-car trains loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest.

Date: 09/06/2015 | Northwest

Railroad buffs still make tracks to Strasburg

STRASBURG, Lancaster County - Parents instinctively want to re-create their favorite childhood memories for their own children. When we adopted our son, now 5, he arrived with an innate love of trains that reflected and even outpaced my own childhood devotion to all things railroad. It was only a...

Date: 09/05/2015 | Life

Back in time

Scenic railroad will appeal to train-fans of all ages

Date: 09/04/2015 | Life

$10 million in grants offered for railroad crossing fixes

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. transportation officials on Wednesday offered $10 million in grants for states to upgrade highway-rail crossings and tracks in response to a recent surge in flammable fuel shipments.

Date: 09/03/2015 | Business Wire

Crews work to ensure trains will keep rolling when rains hit

EVERETT — Work has started to shore up the worst of the slipping, sliding coastal bluffs above the railroad tracks between Everett and Mukilteo.Mudslides pose a seasonal nuisance — and danger — for Sounder commuters, Amtrak passengers and freight trains.

Date: 08/21/2015 | Local News

Union Pacific to cut hundreds of management jobs

OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific will cut hundreds of management jobs as the amount of coal shipped by railroads continues to plunge.

Date: 08/14/2015 | Business Wire

Federal agency sues Amtrak, claims disability discrimination

SEATTLE — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a federal lawsuit against Amtrak that claims it discriminated against a worker who was turned away because of his epilepsy.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Northwest

BNSF Railway fined for treated railroad ties in water

BELLINGHAM — The Washington State Department of Ecology has fined BNSF Railway $86,000 for placing creosote-treated railroad ties and other materials from maintenance projects in Whatcom and Skagit county water bodies.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Northwest

Man killed after being struck by Amtrak train in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. — Salem police say a man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Thursday afternoon.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest

Port of Vancouver pays $45,000 to settle records lawsuit

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Port of Vancouver has agreed to pay $45,000 and has released further details about plans for an oil-by-rail terminal to settle a public records lawsuit.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest

Medical examiner: Motorist hit by train killed herself

TACOMA — The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s office says a 77-year-old woman who parked her pickup truck on train tracks in Puyallup Thursday killed herself.The News Tribune reported that the woman died after a northbound commuter train struck her vehicle.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Northwest

Transit board likes I-5 for SeaTac to Federal Way light-rail line

SEATTLE — The Sound Transit board has decided the light-rail line from SeaTac to Federal Way should be built mostly along I-5.

Date: 07/24/2015 | Northwest

Officials: Oil train didn’t speed before Montana derailment

BILLINGS, Mont. — A train that derailed and spilled 35,000 gallons of oil in northeastern Montana was traveling within authorized speed limits, federal officials said Monday as they continued to probe the accident’s cause.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Business Wire

BNSF must own up to risks of oil, coal trains

Drug company ads on TV — ads European countries don't allow on television — are required to warn of possible dangerous side effects that could kill us. We'd be somewhat safer and more aware of urgent policy choices we face if rail, oil and gas companies were...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Commentary

Derailed Montana oil train was headed for Anacortes

CULBERTSON, Mont. — Four tank cars leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil after a train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed in rural northeastern Montana, authorities said.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Business Wire

Special express

BNSF treats employees' families to ride in vintage coaches

Date: 07/14/2015 | Local News

Feds to require cameras in train cabs

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said it’s drafting rules to require that railroads install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of engineers.

Date: 07/09/2015 | Business Wire

$675K to study train, boat, car bottleneck at Edmonds

EDMONDS — A solution to the traffic bottleneck caused by the intersection of a state highway, a railroad crossing and the boarding lanes for the Edmonds-Kingston ferry has moved one step closer.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Local News

How to get where we’re going on transportation

Compromise requires concession, especially when the subjects of transportation, taxes and the environment intersect.It appears the Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee have come to terms on a $16.1 billion transportation budget that should be ready for the governor's signature...

Date: 06/30/2015 | Editorials

Keep clear of railroad tracks, bridges, tunnels this summer

There is no better place to be during the summer than the Pacific Northwest, particularly in Northwest Washington. The lure of the sunshine, water and mountains makes it an outdoor wonderland. Unfortunately, that lure can bring with it unfortunate consequences when people trespass on...

Date: 06/27/2015 | Commentary

State: No interest in Colfax-Pullman rail line

PULLMAN — The state Department of Transportation hasn’t received any interest in using the rail line from Colfax to Pullman, indicating there may no longer be any need for it.Agency rail manager Chris Herman says no one has expressed an interest in using the line for the past six years.

Date: 06/09/2015 | Northwest

Keeping track of history

Couple serve as docents for restored trolley at Heritage Park

Date: 06/05/2015 | Local News

State to give Edmonds $500K for waterfront traffic study

OLYMPIA — State lawmakers are ready to help the city of Edmonds curb the frequent traffic back-ups on the waterfront caused by all the trains traveling through town.

Date: 05/27/2015 | Local News

BNSF plans to furlough employees

BISMARCK, N.D. — BNSF Railway Co. says it’s planning employee furloughs due to slipping freight shipping demand across its rail network.The company said Wednesday in a statement that it hopes to call back employees “as soon as business needs change.”

Date: 05/27/2015 | Business Wire

Rail bridge burns, blocks West Coast traffic

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. — An old wooden railroad bridge near Minnesota’s northern border burned and collapsed early Wednesday, shutting a busy train route that connects the Pacific Coast with Chicago.

Date: 05/27/2015 | Nation & World

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