BNSF spokesman Steve Forsburg says it's part of a furlough program the company announced last month. It's expected to total 2,500 companywide by the end of the first quarter.
One of the affected workers told 13 News the employees came from all crafts, including electricians, pipe-fitters and machinists. Forsburg says it's all due to the economy. The company has parked 35,000 rail cars and 700 locomotives because of a drop in volume.