BREAKING: BNSF confirms changes are coming for Sheridan rail service

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — After weeks of speculation, the BNSF has released the following media statement to Dally about changes coming in BNSF Railway service in Sheridan . "BNSF has initiated discussions with local employees and union representatives in Sheridan, WY, about operational changes necessary to remain a competitive transportation provider on our coal routes," Ross Lane, Regional Director Public Affairs at BNSF Railway said to Dally today. The BNSF crew base in Sheridan is currently 92, and the run from Gillette to Laurel is approximately 260 miles. Current volumes on the Bighorn subdivision are down by approximately 50 percent compared to this time last year, Lane said. This significantly reduced demand for coal movements means BNSF is operating fewer trains in the region and must "adjust its operations accordingly." The changes being considered will likely result in a transfer of crew jobs from Sheridan to Gillette. BNSF will continue to have employees based in Sheridan, Lane said, and the current proposals do not affect maintenance, mechanical or other jobs in the area. "More specifics are not available at this time because discussions are ongoing," Jones said. "BNSF expects to continue to be a prominent economic presence in Sheridan and will continue to work with existing and new customers to develop business opportunities in the area. "We understand the community will have concerns about local impacts, and we will provide more information as it becomes available," Jones said. #dally #bootstrapped #news