In a rare move, the BSA is now allowing the BCS to switch back its freight train service between San Francisco and Sacramento.
The switchback service was originally slated to begin in 2019, but BNSFs’ last scheduled trains left in 2019 due to the Great Storm of 2021.
Now the BLS is providing the service for the first time since it began in 2019.
“We’ve had a great partnership with the BFSB,” said BNSB Chief Operating Officer Richard Dominguez.
“The BNSFB has always provided us with a seamless, reliable, and competitive rail service.
They are our most loyal customers and we appreciate their continued support of the BBSF.”
BNSBs’ final trains departed the Sacramento Bay Area in late 2019, and BFSBs last train left in late 2020.
The BNSFH is the Bison Rail Company’s mainline passenger rail service from San Francisco to Sacramento.
It is operated by the California Railroad and Transportation Commission.
BNSBF’s last train departed in late 2016.
The Switchback Service was originally scheduled to begin from 2019 to 2020.
After several delays due to construction of the California Highway 1, the switchback rail service is expected to be fully operational in 2022.
The railroad’s switchback trains are equipped with advanced technology, including advanced signal, advanced control, automated locomotives, and advanced tracking and navigation equipment.
“Switchbacks are a truly unique option for rail operators who wish to provide superior passenger service in the most challenging and challenging environment in the nation,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
“This service will ensure that commuters get to work on time and will help ease congestion on our busiest highways and major transit corridors.”
BLSB Chief Executive Officer Bill Noyes said the BOS is excited to offer the Switchback service to BNSDF customers and has been in communication with BNSFF customers for months.
“I am excited to have BNSFS as a customer of the Switchbacks, as well as our BFS employees,” Noyis said.
“BNSF is the backbone of the entire BNSSF service and has proven its dedication to customer service and service excellence over the past 30 years.
We are committed to making the switchbacks the best in the industry and continue to work with the agency to ensure that we provide the best service possible.”
The BFSF Board of Directors approved the BTSF Switchbacks and BNSFL Switchbacks contract in a unanimous vote Tuesday.
“After two decades of rail and freight service, we’re delighted to be able to partner with the California Railway and Transportation Board, which has made this important investment for BNS, BFS, and the BSFB,” BFS President Bill Gorman said.
The new BNS F and BBS F contract for rail and passenger services will be awarded in August, and will begin operation in 2024.
“It is a great opportunity for us to take the BGSF to a new level,” said Supervisor Jane Kim.
“When it comes to rail and commuter rail, BNS is the king of the hill.
Our passengers and freight are the envy of the country, and we have no intention of slowing down.”
For more information about the SwitchBack service, visit the BSSB website.
For more news on BNS trains, visit TheBNSB.org.