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To: BNSF Direct Customers

BNSF Direct 2008 Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Operating Plan

This year the Christmas and New Year’s holidays fall on Wednesday, December 24, Thursday, December 25, Wednesday, December 31, 2008, and Thursday, January 1, 2009.

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

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

SA 12-11-08 Christmas-New Year's IMDL Hub Hours.pdf

For interactive tracing 365 days per year, please use BNSF’s Web Tracing at by logging in with your user name and password, then selecting the “Equipment Tracing” section. For service issues, please call 1-888-428-2673, option 4, then option 3.

Customer Support will maintain a limited staff on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve until 6:00 p.m. Normal coverage will resume at 6:00 a.m. on the Friday following each holiday.

The Storage Department will maintain limited staffing for 24 hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day are U.S. holidays 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 holidays fall during the vehicle free time, the holidays will not be included in the calculation of storage charges. If notification is made on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, the day of notification will roll to Friday, December 26. If notification is made on either New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, the day of notification will roll to Friday, January 2.

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, option 3,3,2.

If you have any questions, please send an email to