BNSF is proud to have been part of the Spokane community for more than 130 years. The nearly 4,000 BNSF employees in Washington share our commitment to safely and efficiently transporting Washington's products to the world. BNSF now needs your support to defend and preserve that ongoing legacy, by contacting the Spokane City Council about its proposed law to impose a fine on oil and coal trains.
The Spokane City Council has decided to place on the ballot an ordinance restricting the transportation of coal and oil by rail through the city. We share the council's focus on safety, but this is the wrong approach to safety.
If enacted into law, this illegal ordinance would have a chilling effect on the local and state economy. In fact, it would be preempted by federal law - at a cost to Spokane taxpayers. If it were ever enforced, this law would slow the movement of Washington agricultural products and other goods to market, while creating uncertainty for businesses looking to invest in the city.
And it could make Spokane less safe by forcing more fossil fuels to be carried by trucks on local roads and highways, next to local motorists using those roads.
Freight rail is by far the safest mode of ground transportation. BNSF continues to invest billions to upgrade and maintain rail infrastructure and deploy advanced technologies to make it even safer.
And it's paying off. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, the past three years have been the safest in U.S. rail history.
BNSF stands ready to work with federal, state, and local leaders to continue to improve safety while maintaining the efficient flow of commerce to and from Spokane.
In the meantime, we need your support! Please use the link below to contact the Spokane City Council no later than Sunday, Aug. 14. Urge it to rescind its decision and keep the proposed ordinance off the November ballot.
Please voice your opinion!
Visit BNSFNorthwest.com/Spokane to learn more about the ordinance and to contact your elected officials.