MISSOULA, MONTANA, March 8, 2023 – The Surface Transportation Board (STB) issued a decision today to approve Montana Rail Link’s (MRL) petition to conclude its long-term lease with BNSF Railway (BNSF). MRL announced an agreement in early 2022 for BNSF to resume operations of its mainline rail corridor through southern Montana.
MRL was founded in 1987 by entrepreneur Dennis Washington and is a part of The Washington Companies. MRL and BNSF have had a unique lease arrangement since 1987 in which MRL leases and operates mainline tracks from BNSF between Huntley, Montana and Sandpoint, Idaho. Both companies have a long-held, deep commitment to delivering continued strong outcomes for customers, employees, producers, and local communities.