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To: BNSF Intermodal Customers and BNSF Equipment Interchange Contract Holders

New Safety Policy at all BNSF Intermodal Facilities - Truck Engines to be Turned off at Checkpoints

In order to improve safety for workers at BNSF Intermodal Checkpoints, effective immediately, drivers of all trucks that enter or depart BNSF Intermodal Facilities will be required to turn their truck engines off while at designated checkpoint locations.

Truck engines are to remain off until truck drivers are instructed by the checkpoint inspector to start their engines and proceed from the checkpoint lane. The stop locations will be designated by a Stop Sign or a Stop Bar painted across the pavement of the checkpoint lane. Signs stating “Turn Engines Off” will also be posted at the stop locations.

In addition to improving safety for BNSF workers, this new policy will improve air quality with reduced diesel emissions and less overall noise.

Customers who have questions regarding this new policy should contact Tom Kelly, Director System Hub Operations/Technology, at

If you have any questions, please send an email to