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To: BNSF Ethanol Customers

Use of Online Pre-Release Tool Required for All Ethanol Unit Train Shippers Effective October 1, 2016

Beginning October 1, 2016, all ethanol unit train shippers will be asked to use our online pre-release tool in order to continue to receive the discounted unit train rate. Launched as an important feature last year, the tool enables our customers to provide BNSF with notice of when the ethanol train will be ready for departure. This notification allows BNSF to schedule crews for specific times, which results in faster departures and improves the availability of your cars for better overall cycle times of your equipment. Additionally, this advance notice enhances safety by ensuring that these trains carrying hazardous materials are handed off at an agreed upon time and always attended.

Specific instructions on how to use this tool can be found at in the Switch and Release Tool section. If you have any questions, please contact or As always, we appreciate your assistance in continuing to meet your service expectations and to keep your freight moving safely.

If you have any questions, please send an email to