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BNSF bestows 'achievement' honors to three short lines


Last month, BNSF Railway Co. presented its Shortline Achievement Awards to the Plainsman Switching Co. (PSC), Yellowstone Valley Railroad (YSVR) and Burlington Junction Railway (BJRY). The awards recognize the short lines’ efforts to increase traffic volume, develop new business and foster partnerships with BNSF, as well as become “good stewards” in their communities, according to the Class I.

PSC attracted new rail-served businesses to the Lubbock, Texas, area; YSVR developed new business in the natural gas, crude oil and frac sand markets in eastern Montana; and BJRY boosted traffic volume 12 percent year over year in the Quad Cities area.

“Each short line has greatly exceeded the standards in customer focus, resourcefulness, operational flexibilities and a local presence in their communities,” said BNSF Vice President of Network Development Pete Rickershauser in a prepared statement. “The end result has been growth business benefiting all involved supply-chain stakeholders.”

BNSF interchanges with about 200 U.S. short lines, which operate 19,000 miles of track.

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