Burlington Northern Santa Fe Starts Rail Service Between Little Rock and Pine Bluff, Ark.
BNSF offers direct service six days a week to rail customers in the Little Rock Port Industrial Park as well as elsewhere in Little Rock and on a major regional connecting short line carrier, the Little Rock & Western Railway. "This type of service will provide customers in the Little Rock area direct access to one of the largest rail systems in the west," said Peter Rickershauser, vice president/marketing of UP/SP Lines.
On Friday, Jan. 16, Governor Mike Huckabee, state, local and other dignitaries will attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Little Rock Industrial Park to celebrate BNSF's new service to the port.
The direct train service will replace a haulage agreement between BNSF and UP that was initiated after UP and SP merged in September 1996. As a condition to approval of that merger, BNSF gained access to approximately 4,000 miles of UP track which extends into the Gulf Coast region, the West Coast and the central corridor of the United States.
Since that time, BNSF has implemented train service utilizing UP trackage rights in a number of key shipping corridors, including routes between Houston and Memphis, Tenn.; Houston and New Orleans; Houston and Brownsville, Texas; San Antonio and Eagle Pass, Texas; and Denver to Stockton, Calif.
BNSF operates one of the largest railroad networks in North America, with more than 35,000 route miles reaching across 28 states and two Canadian provinces. -0-
Note to Editors: This news release, as well as all others disseminated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe, can be found on BNSF's World Wide Web site at http://www.bnsf.com .
CONTACT: The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway, Ft. Worth
Jerry Jenkins, 817/352-6420
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|Date:||Jan 14, 1998|
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