The BNSF Railway Company has been made aware of public safety and convenience concerns caused by their trains blocking crossings for extended periods of time in the City of Baker.
Posted November 22, 2013
By Baker Police Department
The BNSF Railway Company has been made aware of public safety and convenience concerns caused by their trains blocking crossings for extended periods of time in the City of Baker. One particular complaint brought to their attention referenced a BNSF train being stopped for an extended period time, blocking crossing areas, while preventing emergency vehicles from responding to a 911 fire call north of the tracks in a timely manner. A meeting was held in Baker Nov. 12 with a BNSF representative regarding these issues. The representative suggested that anyone who is at a railroad crossing during a time when trains are sitting idle and blocking crossings for unreasonable amounts of time or obstructing emergency vehicle response should make a complaint to BNSF through their 1-800 number (1-800-832-5452).
The 1-800 number will either be located on the railroad crossing sign post (WBI compressor station crossing and Willow Lane crossing) or on the roadway facing side of the silver out-buildings located near controlled railroad crossings in town, such as the Main Street crossing and Third Street crossing. Information located with the 1-800 emergency number at every crossing location includes a DOT number. Additionally, a Mile Post (M.P.) number and street name with the previously mentioned information at any controlled crossings (Main Street and Third Street). The BNSF operator may ask for the DOT or M.P. number during a call. Familiarize yourself with where to find this information by looking for it the next time you come to railroad tracks.
BNSF is looking for our cooperation to make complaints when a valid reason exists. Complaints will assist them in driving beneficial policy change to support coexistence in the Baker area.