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Network Update for Friday, May 25, 2018
The project work includes the installation of four new grade crossings, 17 switches, 27,000 concrete rail ties and 100,000 feet of rail. The new third main track will help improve velocity through this location on the Transcon and is expected to be placed in service this fall.
Memorial Day Holiday Operating Plan
BNSF will continue to operate carload and local terminal train service according to normal schedules throughout the Memorial Day weekend. While train service will not be curtailed, BNSF plans to minimize the number of yard, local and road-switch assignments at terminals due to anticipated customer shutdowns for the holiday. Connecting carriers who have reduced operations for the holiday may cause delays on interline traffic.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
Favorable operating conditions are expected across much of the network into the upcoming week.
Major maintenance activity in multiple locations will continue, with the most significant impact to service along portions of our Northern Transcon route in eastern Montana and western North Dakota as well as in northern Idaho. Traffic designated to move through these areas may experience delays due to scheduled daily work windows.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending May 24:
Total trains held for the week decreased by more than 12 percent with an average of 91.7 trains held versus 104.4 trains held during the prior week.
Total trains on the system was down by nearly one percent versus the prior week with an average of 1,564 trains on the system.
Car velocity was essentially unchanged at 214.5 MPD versus 214.3 MPD recorded the prior week.
Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was up by nearly one percent versus the prior week at 18.1 MPH.
Total volume was essentially unchanged from the prior week with 203,481 units moved in Week 20 (ending May 19) versus 203,944 units in Week 19 (ending May 12).
Terminal dwell was up by nearly two percent versus the prior week at 25.4 hours.
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