Safety top priority for BNSF Railroad

Safety top priority for BNSF Railroad »Play Video
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- New changes are on the way for BNSF Railroad - all in an effort to improve the safety of the rail lines.

Last year was the safest for the rail company in more than three decades.

Still, new rules and procedures are planned for this summer to prevent future trouble.

They included an overhaul of the brakes on engines and slower speed limits though suburban areas.

Officers will also patrol the lines more frequently.

Johan Hillman with BNSF presented this information for the Pasco Chamber of Commerce on Monday.

He said, "We have our own group of policemen. The safety of our lines is absolutely paramount to us, and part of that is ensuring against trespassing."

BNSF will also spend $5 million for emergency training for local first responders in all of their ports.