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Network Update for Friday, June 9, 2017
With the nearly two-day process of transferring to the new bridge, some trains were rerouted to minimize the service disruption. As part of our capital maintenance program, our Engineering Structures team maintains the infrastructure integrity, safety and reliability of our major bridges by making the necessary investments to extend the lives of these essential assets.
Another major project that finished this week was the expansion of our Cherokee Yard in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Approximately 16,000 feet of bypass track was installed that connects our Cherokee Subdivision, which runs between Tulsa and Springfield, Missouri, with our Creek Subdivision, which runs between Tulsa and Madill, Oklahoma, near the Texas border. The new bypass track will provide increased velocity for traffic moving through the Tulsa area.
In addition, three new arrival/departure tracks were added at the yard, which will increase classification capacity by at least 250 railcars per day.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
During the upcoming week, no significant service interruptions due to weather are expected at this time as much of the network will experience favorable operating conditions. Some traffic moving through Montana may continue to experience some delays as maintenance work continues on our Milk River Subdivision between Havre and Glasgow.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending June 8:
Total trains held for the week increased by more than 10 percent with an average 76.0 trains held versus 68.9 trains held during the prior week.
Total trains on the system increased by nearly one percent versus the prior week with an average of 1,420 trains on the system.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 283.9, which is essentially unchanged from the 284.4 MPD recorded the prior week.
Car velocity was essentially unchanged at 216.9 MPD versus 217.8 MPD recorded the prior week.
Total volume was down by more than nine percent from the prior week with 186,126 units moved in Week 22 (ending June 3), which included the Memorial Day holiday, versus 205,685 units in Week 21 (ending May 27).
Terminal dwell was down by nearly four percent from the prior week at 25.5 hours.
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