Nation's Largest Retailer Names BNSF Carrier of the Year for Third Consecutive Year

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company

    FORT WORTH, Texas, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Burlington Northern and
 Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) today announced it was named Carrier of the
 Year by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the nation's largest retailer.
     For the third consecutive year, BNSF was recognized by Wal-Mart as Carrier
 of the Year at Wal-Mart's annual Carrier Conference.  To date, BNSF is the
 only rail carrier that has received this honor.
     Selection criteria for the award included systems technology, on-time pick
 up and delivery, customer service, pricing, equipment capacity and ease of
 doing business.
     "It is an honor to be recognized again by Wal-Mart," said Steve Branscum,
 group vice president, BNSF Consumer Products.  "We look forward to
 strengthening our relationship with Wal-Mart by continuing to meet their
 transportation and business needs and serving as a valuable link in their
 supply chain."
     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.
 
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SOURCE Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company
    FORT WORTH, Texas, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Burlington Northern and
 Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) today announced it was named Carrier of the
 Year by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the nation's largest retailer.
     For the third consecutive year, BNSF was recognized by Wal-Mart as Carrier
 of the Year at Wal-Mart's annual Carrier Conference.  To date, BNSF is the
 only rail carrier that has received this honor.
     Selection criteria for the award included systems technology, on-time pick
 up and delivery, customer service, pricing, equipment capacity and ease of
 doing business.
     "It is an honor to be recognized again by Wal-Mart," said Steve Branscum,
 group vice president, BNSF Consumer Products.  "We look forward to
 strengthening our relationship with Wal-Mart by continuing to meet their
 transportation and business needs and serving as a valuable link in their
 supply chain."
     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.
 
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