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
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
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
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
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
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
My partner in crime and loyal Street Smarts reader, Herald copy editor Bill Pedigo, asked about the
Date: 04/10/2016 | Street Smarts
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 — Residents in Spokane Valley and Cheney are calling for horn-free zones to silence train whistles near their homes.
Date: 03/07/2016 | Northwest
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
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
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
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
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
Open house to cover plans to fix traffic woes in Edmonds
Date: 01/26/2016 | Local News
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
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
5 who blocked oil train in Everett may appeal verdict
Date: 01/17/2016 | Local News
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
Sounder station in Mukilteo, beset with delays, set to open soon
Date: 01/12/2016 | Local News
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
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
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
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
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
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
OLYMPIA — State regulators are working on new rules that will guide the transportation of crude oil across Washington state.
Date: 11/22/2015 | Northwest
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 — 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 — 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
SALEM, Ore. — Salem police say a man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Thursday afternoon.
Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest
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
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
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
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
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
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
BNSF treats employees' families to ride in vintage coaches
Date: 07/14/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
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
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
Couple serve as docents for restored trolley at Heritage Park
Date: 06/05/2015 | Local News
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
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
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