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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

BNSF reduces transit schedules on domestic premium intermodal traffic

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BNSF has reduced transit schedules on 60 percent of its Domestic Intermodal Premium Container traffic, and added 16 more days of service.

"These changes are a direct result of feedback from our domestic carrier customers on what they need to attract more over-the-road freight to a truck-rail intermodal solution," said George Duggan, BNSF vice president, Domestic Intermodal.

One of the changes includes reducing transit time by seven to 10 hours on BNSF's premier Transcontinental route between Los Angeles/San Bernardino and Chicago, giving customers a morning availability and allowing for same day delivery. BNSF also reduced transit time between Memphis and Los Angeles by four to six hours, and increased Houston, inbound and outbound day-of-week frequency, along with several other changes that can be found at

"We're pleased to have worked with BNSF to create improved intermodal service offerings for the marketplace," said Paul Bergant, J.B. Hunt chief marketing officer and president, Intermodal. "These changes come just in time for bid season and allow us to attract more retailers to the efficiencies that truck-rail intermodal has to offer." 

According to Dave Howland, Schneider Intermodal vice president, rail management, "These changes not only better fit the needs of our customers, but they also offer customers the single most effective way to reduce emissions in their transportation service, potentially reducing carbon emissions on average by more than 50 percent."

"With more capacity, speed and now better service options, these service enhancements allow Swift to continue to provide its customers with flexibility and truck-like reliability at a cost-effective price," said Mark Young, president, Swift Intermodal.

These enhancements build on the 77 service changes BNSF made to its Domestic Intermodal service in 2009, reducing transit schedules by 300 hours and adding 32 days of additional frequency.

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