BNSF and NS Team Up to Provide Coast-to-Coast, Non-Stop Intermodal Service

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company

    FORT WORTH, Texas, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Burlington Northern and
 Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) and Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NS)
 today announced they have partnered to provide coast-to-coast, non-stop
 intermodal service for container loads of freight between California and the
 East Coast.
     Effective immediately, eastbound and westbound service is available
 between:
 
      West Coast Cities                  East Coast Cities
      Los Angeles, San Diego and San     Harrisburg, Morrisville, Bethlehem
      Bernardino, Calif.                 and Ameriport, Pa.; ERAIL, Dockside
                                         and Croxton, N.J.; Baltimore, Md.;
                                         and Norfolk, Va.
 
     BNSF will provide service between Southern California and Chicago, while
 NS will provide service between Chicago and the East Coast.
     "This new service reduces transcontinental transit times by at least a day
 for our customers," said Steve Branscum, group vice president, BNSF Consumer
 Products Business Unit.  "This agreement not only improves transit times, but
 allows us to provide shippers with coast-to-coast service that is a
 competitive, cost-efficient alternative to over-the-road shipping."
     "By offering a run-through service that eliminates Chicago cross-town
 truck transfers, this integrated rail service increases reliability between
 major markets in the Northeast and Southern California," said Mike McClellan,
 vice president, NS Intermodal Marketing.  "It will provide a higher level of
 service quality to our existing customers and give highway shippers an
 excellent alternative."
     Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:   NSC), a Virginia-based holding company
 with headquarters in Norfolk, owns a major freight railroad, Norfolk Southern
 Railway Company, which operates approximately 21,800 miles of road in
 22 states, the District of Columbia and the province of Ontario.
     Headquartered in Fort Worth, BNSF (NYSE:   BNI) operates one of the largest
 rail networks in North America, with 33,500 route miles of track covering
 28 states and two Canadian provinces.  BNSF moved more than 3.4 million
 containers and trailers in 2000 through its extensive network of more than
 35 intermodal hubs, making it the largest intermodal rail carrier in the
 world.
 
 

SOURCE Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company
    FORT WORTH, Texas, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Burlington Northern and
 Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) and Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NS)
 today announced they have partnered to provide coast-to-coast, non-stop
 intermodal service for container loads of freight between California and the
 East Coast.
     Effective immediately, eastbound and westbound service is available
 between:
 
      West Coast Cities                  East Coast Cities
      Los Angeles, San Diego and San     Harrisburg, Morrisville, Bethlehem
      Bernardino, Calif.                 and Ameriport, Pa.; ERAIL, Dockside
                                         and Croxton, N.J.; Baltimore, Md.;
                                         and Norfolk, Va.
 
     BNSF will provide service between Southern California and Chicago, while
 NS will provide service between Chicago and the East Coast.
     "This new service reduces transcontinental transit times by at least a day
 for our customers," said Steve Branscum, group vice president, BNSF Consumer
 Products Business Unit.  "This agreement not only improves transit times, but
 allows us to provide shippers with coast-to-coast service that is a
 competitive, cost-efficient alternative to over-the-road shipping."
     "By offering a run-through service that eliminates Chicago cross-town
 truck transfers, this integrated rail service increases reliability between
 major markets in the Northeast and Southern California," said Mike McClellan,
 vice president, NS Intermodal Marketing.  "It will provide a higher level of
 service quality to our existing customers and give highway shippers an
 excellent alternative."
     Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:   NSC), a Virginia-based holding company
 with headquarters in Norfolk, owns a major freight railroad, Norfolk Southern
 Railway Company, which operates approximately 21,800 miles of road in
 22 states, the District of Columbia and the province of Ontario.
     Headquartered in Fort Worth, BNSF (NYSE:   BNI) operates one of the largest
 rail networks in North America, with 33,500 route miles of track covering
 28 states and two Canadian provinces.  BNSF moved more than 3.4 million
 containers and trailers in 2000 through its extensive network of more than
 35 intermodal hubs, making it the largest intermodal rail carrier in the
 world.
 
 SOURCE  Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company

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