See Tracks? Think Train!

LINCOLN, Nebraska — Beginning January 1, 2021, BNSF Railway will begin operating trains on the tracks that run along Highway 2 from Lincoln through Bennet, Palmyra, Unadilla, Syracuse and Dunbar to Nebraska City. Learn more about the BNSF Arbor Line project here: Fact Sheet

On average, you can expect to see two trains a day on these tracks. With rail service resuming, it is critical to remember trains can run at any time and in any direction.  Nebraska Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit dedicated to promoting rail safety and preventing grade crossing incidents, offers the following tips to ensure safety near the tracks:

  • Always expect a train; freight trains don’t follow published schedules
  • A typical freight train can take more than a mile to stop
  • The train you see is likely closer and moving faster than you think
  • The only safe place to cross the tracks is at a designated crossing
  • Being on railroad tracks and property is not only dangerous – it is illegal

For information about trains operating through Lancaster and Otoe counties, please contact BNSF Public Affairs Director Jeff Davis at