Network Update for Friday, September 29, 2017
The operation continues to generate and sustain solid overall performance with some improvement versus the previous September. Average car velocity increased significantly over both the prior week and the September average, while locomotive velocity, train velocity and terminal dwell were essentially unchanged and remain within several percentage points of the previous September levels. While still elevated versus the monthly average from a year ago, the number of total trains held decreased by more than six percent from the prior week.
Many of the trains reported held each week are due to scheduled work windows involving either capital expansion work or maintenance activity taking place on the network. As BNSF responds to current and future freight volumes, our capital gangs have been particularly active on several key subdivisions in the Pacific Northwest this past summer and now into the fall. BNSF crews recently completed work on a project at our Hauser fueling yard in Hauser, Idaho, northeast of Spokane, Washington, realigning existing tracks to increase fluidity in and around this facility. Also near the facility, two new segments of double-track will be placed into service in October improving train flows on this busy section of our Northern Corridor.
Several more expansion projects in the Pacific Northwest will also be completed by the end of this year, including a new siding between Vancouver, Washington and the Pasco area as well as new double-track segments north of Seattle, near Bellingham, Washington, that will help improve traffic flows to and from British Columbia. In addition, BNSF began work this month on a project to add nearly 2½ miles of new double-track on our Kootenai River Subdivision, just south of Sandpoint, Idaho, that will be completed next year.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
Much of the BNSF network will experience favorable operating conditions during the next several days.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending September 28:
Total trains held for the week decreased by more than six percent with an average 65.0 trains held versus 69.4 trains held during the prior week.
Versus the September 2016 average: up by 19.5%
Total trains on the system increased by nearly three percent versus the prior week with an average of 1,503 trains on the system.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 281.9, which is up by more than one percent from the 278.7 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the September 2016 average: down by 4.5%
Car velocity was up by more than four percent at 235.2 MPD versus 225.2 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the September 2016 average: up by 4.0%
Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was essentially unchanged versus the prior week at 18.7 MPH.
Versus the September 2016 average: down by 2.3%
Total volume was down by less than one percent from the prior week with 204,864 units moved in Week 38 (ending September 23) versus 206,605 units in Week 37 (ending September 16).
Terminal dwell was essentially unchanged versus the prior week at 24.4 hours.
Versus the September 2016 average: up by 1.0%
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