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2/25/2002



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BNSF grows guaranteed intermodal product by three lanes


Burlington Northern Santa Fe Feb. 25 expanded its guaranteed intermodal service, adding one lane to and from Chicago, and two lanes into and out of Kansas City.
The new Chicago-to-Phoenix, Kansas City-to-Richmond, Va., and Kansas City-to-Stockton, Calif., lanes bring to 15 the number of guaranteed intermodal-service lanes BNSF now offers to connect several major U.S.
markets.
BNSF in May 2000 began offering the guaranteed-service product, which enables shippers to purchase, for a premium, a service guarantee for three intermodal service levels on international, domestic and perishable
intermodal shipments in the 15 lanes. For each load that doesn't meet a scheduled customer pick-up, BNSF offers a full refund.
"BNSF's guaranteed service program is attracting new customers who have traditionally shipped only over the road," said Steve Branscum, BNSF group vice president, consumer products marketing, in a prepared statement, adding that the railroad since May 2000 has moved more than 5,000 guaranteed loads.


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