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To: BNSF Intermodal Customers

BNSF's Houston (Pearland) Intermodal Facility Expanding Ground Stacking Operations

On Monday, March 7, 2016, BNSF's Houston (Pearland) Intermodal Facility will begin ground stacking all inbound deramped 20-foot containers. This initiative is expected to improve chassis inventory management, reduce reliance on satellite lot operations and improve drivers’ experience and turn times.

Notification of container availability will not change. Customer notification of availability will continue to occur as units are unloaded from railcars.

Click on the attached link for a facility flow diagram that outlines the process for drivers picking up 20-foot containers.

Houston Pilot Yard Layout 2006-02-26.pdfHouston Pilot Yard Layout 2006-02-26.pdf

  • Drivers dropping units for outbound loading and subsequently picking up a 20-foot container for delivery should follow steps A through D.
  • Drivers arriving at the facility as bobtail to pick up a 20-foot container for delivery should proceed directly to the chassis lot (4CS) and follow steps B through D.
  • Drivers arriving at the facility with a bare private/specialized chassis to pick up a 20-foot container for delivery should proceed directly to the stack area (Lot 1G) and follow steps C and D.

There will no longer be a requirement for a “swing ticket” for customers picking up 20-foot containers utilizing private/specialized chassis or upon tendering a 20-foot container on a private chassis. There will be no associated cost (e.g. “flip charge”) for drivers picking up ground stacked 20-foot containers regardless of type of chassis utilized.

The included facility map with these changes will be provided to all drivers entering the gate starting Monday, March 7, 2016.

Outbound unit drop-offs will continue to be parked in lots according to driver interchange tickets.

You may contact the Houston (Pearland) Intermodal Facility Coordinator at 713-847-3136 during the published hours of operations or BNSF customer support at 888-428-2673.

We appreciate your business. If you have any other questions regarding this change, please contact BNSF's customer support at 888-428-2673.

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