Under development since last fall, the AskRail mobile phone application gives local responders essential train commodity hazardous information even without train on board train information available from the train crew or if it is difficult to reach local BNSF train offices or train dispatchers.
Demo given by the BNSF railroad in Chicago.
A French language version to be released soon for Canada.
Other rail carriers can also use the software application developed in part with RailLinc technical assistance.
Software use will now become part of hazmat training provided by the rail companies.
Other carriers besides BNSF can choose to use the application.