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BNSF Direct 2008 Independence Day Operating Plan

This year, the Independence Day holiday falls on Friday, July 4.

Intermodal trains as identified on the attached Independence Day schedules will continue to operate over the holiday weekend.

SA 06-30-08_4th of July Holiday Plan - Direct Schedule.pdf

Look for the words “Holiday Impact” to see the effects of the holiday on BNSF train service. “Holiday Impact” indicates that a particular cut-off will not be available for the day indicated. Please note the anticipated impact to the schedules has been identified; however, as we continue Midwest flood recovery efforts and working through inventories, schedule adjustments over the holiday weekend may be required.

Delays may occur on interline traffic if connecting carriers have reduced operations for the holiday.

Please see the attached matrix for all hub hours during the holiday period.

SA 06-20_4th of July Holiday - Intermodal Hub Hours.pdf

We will have a limited Customer Support staff on hand to take calls on Friday, July 4. For assistance, please call 1-888-428-2673.

For interactive tracing 365 days per year, please call 1-888-428-2673 or try BNSF's Web Tracing by going to, logging in with your user name and password, and selecting the “Trace” section.

The Storage Department will maintain limited staffing for 24 hours on Friday, July 4, and will be staffed as usual on the weekend.

Independence Day is a U.S. holiday as outlined in the BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide and the BNSF Equipment Interchange Agreement. Below are storage rules applicable to holidays.

Storage free time is the amount of time allowed for a vehicle to be left at a BNSF facility once notification has been given that the vehicle is available for pickup or delivery. If the Independence Day holiday falls during the vehicle free time, the holiday will not be included in the calculation of storage charges. If notification is made on Independence Day, the day of notification will roll to Saturday, July 5.

BNSF strongly encourages equipment pickup at facilities throughout the holiday period. Continual operations and pickups will alleviate congestion and avoid additional charges. If you have questions regarding storage, call our toll-free number, 1-888-428-2673.

If you have any questions, please send an email to