(PRWEB) January 14, 2004
BNSF Logistics, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (BNSF), has entered into a marketing and operations alliance with Autolog Corporation, one of the oldest and largest transporters of privately owned vehicles, and BNSF Railway, another wholly owned subsidiary of BNSF, to bring a Car-Rail service between Phoenix and Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul and New York City. This Car-Rail service caters to the needs of ÂsnowbirdsÂ, people with dual residencies who spend the winter in Arizona. The service will be managed by AutologÂs Car-Rail division and coordinated through BNSF LogisticsÂ CarsOnTrack program.
Effective March 8, 2004, the Car-Rail service will commence operations on a route from Phoenix to three (3) major metropolitan areas Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul and New York City. ÂWe are very excited about the opportunity to align with BNSF which has such a rich heritageÂ, says Myron Levine, President of Autolog Corporation.
At present, more than 250,000 persons reside in the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas during the winter months and return to homes in the Mid-West and the Northeast in the spring. They have only two alternatives regarding the transport of their personal vehicle: Option 1, drive the vehicle themselves, or Option 2, hire an independent trucking firm. The typical cost associated with either of these options is in excess of $800. Levine says, ÂAdditional perils exist when utilizing an independent trucking company not the least of which includes excessive transit time, often exceeding two weeks.Â
Robert Sutton, BNSF LogisticsÂ, Director of Operations, adds, ÂClients who utilize the Car-Rail service receive a reliable, lower cost, safe and timely method of transporting their vehicles.Â The CarsOnTrack operation will provide sufficient fully enclosed auto-haulers to protect the vehicles of people in the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas. The average transit time for vehicles utilizing the Car-Rail service to the Midwest will take approximately 7-10 days versus 14-21 days for an independent trucking company and the cost to transport a normal size car will start at $450.
On Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 10:00 MST, BNSF Logistics and Autolog will host a press conference at the BNSF Car-Rail terminal located at 11925 Thompson Ranch Road in El Mirage, AZ. At the press conference, we will exhibit the fully enclosed auto-hauling equipment and demonstrate the vehicle loading process. For further information regarding this press conference, contact Robert Sutton at BNSF Logistics at 479-872-4637 or Myron Levine at Autolog Corporation @ 1-800-367-7201. Persons wishing to make reservations for the transport of their cars should call Autolog Corporation at 1-877-AUTOLOG or 1-877-288-6564.
BNSF Logistics, which is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (BNSF) (NYSE:BNI), provides customers with a comprehensive set of supply chain solutions ranging from management and execution of single shipment transactions to daily management of complex distribution and sourcing networks. Typical solutions include a combination of truck, rail and intermodal services as well as analysis and optimization of distribution networks, and the redesign of customers' supply chains. For more information about BNSF Logistics, visit their website at http://www.bnsflogistics.com.
Autolog began transporting automobiles by truck in 1976 and has grown to be a premier auto hauler in the United States. During the past 25 years, Autolog has opened shipping terminals all across the country and presently operate in excess of 100 terminals, located in most major cities in the United States. These local stations provide a hub for linehaul operations as well as a local pick-up and delivery system that can take a customerÂs automobile from door to door. For additional information about Autolog, you may visit their website at http://www.autolog.net/.
A subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (NYSE: BNI), BNSF Railway operates one of the largest railroad networks in North America, with 32,500 route miles covering 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is an industry leader in Web-enabling a variety of customer transactions at http://www.bnsf.com. The railway is among the worldÂs top transporters of intermodal traffic, moves more grain than any other American railroad, transports the components of many of the products we depend on daily, and hauls enough coal to generate about 10 percent of the electricity produced in the United States.