SOURCE: BNSF Railway Company

BNSF Railway Company

November 18, 2009 18:46 ET

BNSF Statement on State of Montana Lawsuit on Shortline Rail Issues

FORT WORTH, TX--(Marketwire - November 18, 2009) - BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) today issued the following statement regarding the lawsuit filed by the State of Montana over BNSF's 1984 settlement agreement regarding Central Montana Railway (CMR), a wholly owned subsidiary of the State of Montana.

The State's suit primarily deals with issues that have already been before federal courts for the past four years. Many of these issues were resolved in BNSF's favor by the federal court and arbitration panels. We intend to continue these efforts to demonstrate that our actions are legal, designed to provide Montana producers with rate transparency and protect Montana producers from excessive rail rates.

About BNSF

A subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (NYSE: BNI), BNSF Railway operates one of the largest railroad networks in North America, with about 32,000 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. The railway is among the world's 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 low-sulfur coal to generate about ten percent of the electricity produced in the United States. BNSF Railway is an industry leader in Web-enabling a variety of customer transactions at

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