Service Update for Friday, November 7, 2014
The operation once again maintained good fluidity this week experiencing favorable conditions across the network. Maintaining train and locomotive velocity is notable because it is occurring while having a higher than average number of trains on the system as we deliver some of our largest volumes of the year.
With winter fast approaching, we are wrapping up work on several major projects across the North Region. This week, we completed an additional eight miles of double track on our Glasgow Subdivision, which runs from Minot, ND to Eastern Montana. Maintenance work in the Dilworth, MN area is also ending, while work along the Minneapolis/St. Paul to Chicago main line is scheduled to finish in early December.
We anticipate that the first blast of Arctic air will arrive across the upper Midwest and Northern Plains next week. This early season cold snap will bring temperatures as low as the 10s and 20s in some areas, as well as the chance for accumulating snow, starting Monday. As we noted last week, BNSF has implemented additional resources to address any winter weather-related service interruptions.
We also continue to monitor the labor slowdowns affecting operations at ports in the Pacific Northwest. While effects on service have been manageable to this point, BNSF will continue to evaluate and, in some cases, implement new procedures to minimize any impacts on service throughout the network.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending November 4:
Total trains held for power for the week was an average of 51.0, which is 14.6 percent better than the prior week. Total trains on the system remains high with an average of 1,937 trains on the system, which is down from 1,953 or less than one percent from the prior week.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 255.0 compared to 258.7 MPD the prior week. Locomotive dwell improved slightly at 16.5 hours versus 16.7 hours for the prior week.
Car velocity, measured in MPD, was slightly slower for the week at 189.7, which is down one percent from the 191.9 MPD recorded the prior week.
Train velocity remained steady for the week at 15.1 miles per hour.
Total volume handled was strong once again at 210,306 units handled in Week 44. The weekly result makes this the eighth consecutive week of handling more than 200,000 units.
Terminal dwell was up just over two percent this week at 27.8 hours compared to 27.2 the prior week.
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.