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To: BNSF Consumer Products Customers

Reminder: New Gate Requirement at Calif. Intermodal Facilities Starts this Saturday, July 1, 2017

As a reminder, effective at midnight (PST) this Saturday morning, July 1, BNSF will implement a new gate requirement at our California Intermodal facilities in order to comply with California Air Resources Board's (CARB's) Drayage Truck Regulation.

As communicated previously, BNSF will require Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) of trucks entering (and exiting) BNSF's California Intermodal facilities. These VINs will be used to determine compliance with CARB's Drayage Truck Regulation.

Our goal remains the same - to ensure you are still able to do business with us by safely and efficiently accessing and exiting our facilities.

Please allow us to remind you of a few simple things you can do now to ensure an efficient gate experience:

  • If submitting your VINs via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), test the transmission service to ensure it's working properly
  • Download the BNSF RailPASS mobile app, enter your VIN and create a Pre-Ingate. This will generate a QR code that you can scan at RailPASS enabled facilities for a significantly faster ingate experience. RailPASS also works for an efficient outgate process. Drivers with multiple trucks can input more than one VIN.
  • Learn More about BNSF RailPASS here
  • Download RailPASS to your Android device
  • Download RailPASS to your Apple device
  • Confirm that trucks in your California fleet are indeed registered and compliant with the Drayage Truck Registry
  • Check license plates on the trucks to ensure they are clean with no obstructions to the numbers and letters

If a valid VIN is not submitted, BNSF will rely on the truck's license plate to determine compliance with the regulation. At our Automated Gate System (AGS) locations in Los Angeles (Hobart), San Bernardino and Stockton, BNSF will capture the license plate number via the truck portals. While at the AGS kiosk, drivers will have the opportunity to confirm their license plate and correct it if there are any errors. At non-AGS facilities such as Commerce and Oakland, gate attendants will enter the license plate number into their handheld devices and confirm compliance with the CARB regulation.

Drivers will be redirected from the gate to the Driver Assist Building (DAB) if they do not submit a valid VIN or if a match is not found in the CARB Drayage Truck Registry using their license plate.

For more information, including an overview on how RailPASS can help, please see our RailPASS CARB Reference document. Join the thousands of drivers who in 2016 saved nearly 8 million minutes of time by using RailPASS.

Thank you for your business and thank you for your cooperation as we both work together to fulfill the CARB Regulation requirements.

If you have any questions, please send an email to