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To: BNSF Intermodal Customers And UIIA Motor Carrier Members
07/20/2007

New Checkpoint Processes to Begin At LPC on July 24, 2007

Effective Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at 12:01 a.m., BNSF will implement a new in-gate and out-gate checkpoint process at Logistics Park Chicago. This process will improve gate throughput and speed up driver time into and out of the facility.

The new system will make use of Optical Character Recognition (OCR), a technology that uses video cameras to identify container, trailer and chassis prefixes and numbers automatically. Additionally, the video cameras create permanent images (photos) of the container, trailer and chassis, which are used to record the condition of roofs, sides, front and rear end of equipment at interchange to or from the driver. Similar systems are currently in use successfully at other rail and port intermodal facilities in North America.

In-gate Instructions:
As the truck goes through the OCR Portal, the video camera records equipment prefixes and numbers and takes multiple images of the equipment.

    o The OCR Portal has a maximum speed limit of 15 mph. Drivers must maintain a 10-foot interval between themselves and the truck in front of them.
The truck exits the portal and proceeds to any of the 11 new input kiosks.
Drivers will perform the following inputs required to complete the transaction:
    o Drivers enter their driver’s license number and PIN number.
    o Drivers enter the seal number on loads.
    o For empty containers going to a CY pool, drivers must select the correct steamship line.
All other normal requirements for entry will remain the same. EDI billing must be in place before loads and empties for shipment will be accepted. However, drivers will no longer be required to provide certified scale tickets with agricultural commodity loads.

Out-gate Instructions:
Process is the same as the in-gate process outlined above, with the exception of driver inputs:
    o Drivers can use in-gate bar coded buck slip to identify themselves.
    o Drivers input pick-up or booking number if required.
    o Drivers enter or verify seal number.
    o Drivers are asked if they want damage notations.
All other normal requirements for exit will remain the same. Holds for storage charges or other reasons should be cleared before the transaction at the out-gate.

Bobtail entry and exit will follow the same process and requirements for driver identification into and out of the facility.

BNSF will maintain a staff of trained technicians to assist drivers in completion of their gate transactions. There is verbal communication to these technicians from all kiosks, and a driver assistance building is directly adjacent to the in-gate kiosks.

In the next several weeks, an additional security measure will be added to the system through use of biometric identification for each driver. Drivers’ fingerprints will be registered into the system and the biometrics will be used in lieu of the driver’s license number to further enhance the process. You will receive more information on BNSF’s use of biometrics in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions regarding the new process, please call BNSF Hub Operations at 817-867-6122. Trucking companies can contact the UIIA Service Center for help obtaining drivers’ PIN numbers at 877-438-8442 during regular business hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

Your business is important to us. Thank you for choosing BNSF as your transportation service provider.

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