Network Update for Friday, April 8, 2016
For the past two years, we have issued a weekly Service Update to all customers as a way to keep you regularly informed about our operational performance along with our efforts to continuously deliver improved service and strengthen the BNSF network. While we have received positive feedback about these updates, you have also noticed that our service performance has returned to the high levels that you have historically experienced from BNSF. As a result, we are transitioning this week to a new bi-weekly format tailored to each of our customer groups: Consumer Products, Industrial Products, Agricultural Products and Coal. We hope you will find this refreshed Network Update even more informative to your business.
The operation experienced relatively steady performance and good fluidity across the network this week. While train velocity slowed by a fraction, overall velocity averages for cars and locomotives were slightly higher versus the previous week. The average of total trains held increased by less than two trains and remains at a very low level.
We are currently monitoring several large wildfires burning in Oklahoma and Kansas. High winds caused a brush fire Tuesday evening that briefly impacted service through northwestern Oklahoma on our Panhandle Subdivision, which is part of our Southern Transcon route. Fire crews quickly extinguished the blaze and service was restored within a few hours following the necessary track inspections.
New Plastics Export Packaging Facility Announced
On Tuesday, BNSF announced that it has agreed with resin packaging company Packwell and industrial developer Hillwood on a framework for construction of a new export packaging facility at the AllianceTexas Global Logistics Hub in north Fort Worth, TX. The new facility will utilize our exclusive Match-to-Market solution where BNSF provides Gulf Coast plastic resin producers with new connectivity to packagers and the thousands of empty containers available at our Alliance intermodal terminal. By connecting to our high-speed intermodal system at Alliance, shippers have the flexibility to reach multiple international and domestic markets faster. As North American plastics resin production expands, BNSF will continue to provide the industry's most cost-effective and reliable supply chain solutions.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
Severe storms are possible for the central and southern Plains during the first part of the next week. As much of the network will continue to experience relatively mild, dry conditions, no service interruptions due to weather are expected during the upcoming week.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending April 5:
Total trains held for the week increased by more than eight percent to an average of 24.9 trains held versus 23.0 trains during the prior week.
Versus the April 2015 average: better by 61.0%
Total trains on the system was essentially unchanged with an average of 1,183 trains on the system versus 1,180 trains during the prior week.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 292.2, which is up by less than one percent from the 291.0 MPD recorded during the prior week.
Versus the April 2015 average: better by 4.4%
Car velocity increased by nearly one percent at 227.4 MPD versus 226.3 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the April 2015 average: better by 2.3%
Train velocity was down by more than one percent at 22.4 miles per hour versus 22.7 miles per hour recorded the prior week.
Versus the April 2015 average: better by 22.4%
Total volume was higher by nearly seven percent with 176,852 units moved in Week 13 (ending April 2) versus 165,843 units in Week 12 (ending March 26).
Terminal dwell was down by nearly five percent at 23.1 hours versus 24.2 hours recorded the prior week.
Versus the March 2015 average: better by 1.7%
As always, we thank you for your business and appreciate the opportunity to serve as your transportation service provider. We welcome your feedback and questions.