After the initial announcement Monday that Montana Rail Link was ending its long-term lease with BNSF Railway Company, spokesman Jon Bennion released more detailed information to clarify the story.
According to the press release, BNSF will resume operations on its main corridor across the southern part of the state once the necessary approvals have been received.
Over 90 percent of loads on Montana Rail Link’s leased lines have been shifted on behalf of BNSF.
A very important part of Tuesday’s press release states that “BNSF is committed to keeping all unionized and non-unionized MRL employees in their current jobs with pay, benefits, seniority and other terms of employment. similar jobs. The termination of the lease will require the negotiation of collective agreements with the unions concerned.
In addition, “MRL must first obtain permission from the US Surface Transportation Board to terminate the lease before the lease is entered into.”
Katie Farmer, President and CEO of BNSF said she was “excited to bring an important part of our railway history back to our operations at BNSF”, and that “the line will become the MRL subdivision of our Montana division in recognition of the sharing of BNSF and MRL heritage ‘.
Montana Rail Link was founded in 1987 by industrialist and businessman from Missoula Dennis Washington. MRL has operated the tracks between Huntley, Montana and Sandpoint, Idaho and employs more than 1,200 rail industry professionals.
BNSF operates nearly 32,000 miles of track in 28 states and Canada.
To learn more about BNSF, visit their website here.