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To: BNSF Intermodal Customers And UIIA Motor Carrier Members

New Checkpoint Processes to Begin At San Bernardino, CA on March 1, 2009

Effective Sunday, March 1, 2009, at 8:00 a.m., BNSF will implement a new in-gate and out-gate checkpoint process at the San Bernardino, CA Intermodal Facility. This process will improve gate throughput and speed up driver time into and out of the facility.

Optical Character Recognition
The San Bernardino Facility will be equipped with Optical Character Recognition (OCR), a technology that uses video cameras to automatically identify container, trailer and chassis prefixes and numbers. The video cameras also create permanent images of the container, trailer and chassis to record the equipment’s condition at interchange to or from the driver. The BNSF Logistics Park Chicago (LPC), Chicago Corwith, IL and Alliance, TX intermodal facilities are also currently equipped with this system.

Bio-Metric Registration
BNSF also will apply Bio-Metric Registration for all truck drivers to enhance customer, driver and BNSF security. The registration includes scanning four fingerprints and a personal photo identification card into the system. Registration takes only three minutes, and will ensure accurate and timely driver verification.

Pre-registration can be completed now through February 27 at the Rancho West Lot (360 N. Rancho Ave.) at the San Bernardino Facility Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. midnight.

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.
The OCR Portal has a maximum speed limit of 15 mph. A 25-foot interval between trucks is required.
The truck exits the portal and proceeds to any of the six new entrance lanes.
An interactive kiosk is located at each lane to act as an interface with the driver.
For fastest processing, drivers will need to carefully follow the instructions at the top of each screen.
Drivers must enter their driver’s license number and PIN or scan fingerprints.
Drivers must enter the seal number on loads.

All other normal requirements for entry will remain the same. EDI billing must be in place before loads and empties will be accepted.

Out-Gate Instructions:
Process is the same as the in-gate instructions outlined above, with the exception of driver inputs.
Drivers may use in-gate bar-coded buck slip or scan fingerprints for identification.
Drivers are asked to verify equipment identification.
Drivers input pick-up or booking number if required.
Drivers are asked if they want damage notations.

All other normal requirements for exit remain the same. Holds for storage charges or other reasons should be cleared before the transaction at out-gate.

Bobtail entry and exit will follow the same process and requirements for driver identification.

Additional Information
BNSF will maintain a staff of trained technicians to assist drivers with their gate transactions. Support is available from all kiosks and the Driver Assistance Building. Drivers can also receive assistance with container yard candidates, flips, lot locations or other miscellaneous items at the Driver Assistance Building.

For more information about the new process, please refer to the attached Quick Reference Guide in English or Spanish.

FAC 01-21_AGS Checkpoint Quick Reference Guide - English.pdfFAC 01-21_AGS Checkpoint Quick Reference Guide - Spanish.pdf

If you have any questions regarding the new process, please call BNSF Hub Operations at 909-806-3775.

Trucking companies may contact the UIIA Service Center for help obtaining drivers’ PINs at 877-438-8442, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

For Dispatch and Driver Support, call BNSF at 888-428-2673, option 1, 2.

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