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To: BNSF Intermodal Customers and BNSF Equipment Interchange Contract Holders
12/12/2006

BNSF Intermodal 2006 Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Operating Plan

This year BNSF’s Christmas and New Year’s operating plan will focus on meeting customers’ expectations while allowing as many employees as possible to spend time with their families on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Holiday Observance
This year the Christmas and New Year’s holidays fall on Sunday, December 24 and Monday, December 25, Sunday, December 31 and Monday, January 1, 2007.

Train Service
BNSF will continue to operate Intermodal trains over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. However, due to lighter volumes of traffic and possible train consolidations, shipments that either originate or arrive at destination Sunday, December 24, through noon on Tuesday, January 2, may experience extended destination availabilities of 24 to 48 hours.

Please contact your BNSF Intermodal Marketing or Customer Support Representative if you anticipate critical service requirements over the holiday.

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

Intermodal Facility Operations
Please see the attached matrix for all facility hours during the holiday period.

Customer Support
Customer Support will maintain a limited staff on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Normal coverage will resume on the Tuesday following each holiday. For assistance, please call 1-888-428-2673, options 4, 3.

For interactive tracing 365 days per year, please call 1-888-428-2673, option 1, or try BNSF’s Web Tracing at http:www.bnsf.com in the “Equipment Tracing” section.

Intermodal Equipment Ordering (IEO) System
Reservations for rail-controlled equipment may be placed seven days per week by going to http://www.bnsf.com and registering for the intermodal equipment ordering system. If you have questions regarding equipment orders or the reservation process, please call 1-888-428-2673, options 4, 2. IEO Support will be available until 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, with normal coverage resuming on the Tuesday following each holiday.

Shipping Instructions
BNSF Revenue and Pre-Rate Waybilling Center will maintain a limited staff on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Normal coverage will resume on the Tuesday following each holiday. Please call 1-888-428-2673, options 3, 2 for assistance.

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

Christmas and New Year’s are U.S. holidays as outlined in the BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide and the BNSF Equipment Interchange Agreement. Below are storage and detention 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 Christmas and New Year’s 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 Tuesday, December 26. If notification is made on either New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, the day of notification will roll to Tuesday, January 2.

Detention-free time is the amount of time allowed for a vehicle to remain at origin or destination for loading or unloading. The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are not considered to be free days once the vehicle has been removed from a BNSF facility.

NACS charges will be handled as outlined in the "Equipment Charges"section of the NACS Equipment Rules.

Please arrange for pickup of loads at the ramps as soon as possible after the holidays to avoid congestion and additional charges. If you have questions regarding storage, call our toll-free number seven days a week, 1-888-428-2673, options 3, 3, 2.

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If you have any questions, please send an email to Customer.Notifications@bnsf.com