Service Update for Friday, August 15, 2014
This week, BNSF successfully maintained the fluidity of the network with many of the key operational performance categories holding steady from the prior week. Car velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 178.1 for the week ending August 12 and flat compared to the prior week. Compared to the baseline week in early February, car velocity is 4.3 percent better or 170.8 MPD.
Train velocity also remained roughly flat at 14.6 miles per hour compared to the prior week when it was 14.7 mph.
Trains holding for power showed a slight improvement from the prior week – better by 2.2 percent with 226.9 trains holding system wide compared to 232 from the prior week. Trains holding remains considerably better than our baseline week when the average was at 363.3 trains.
On-time performance was slightly better for the week coming in at 40 basis points higher than the prior week, and remains 25 percentage points higher than the baseline week in early February.
Additionally, locomotive inventory counts continue to rise with 305 additional locomotives acquired year-to-date. By the end of October, we expect 161 new locomotives will be added to the fleet, at a pace of 54 per month.
Total volume handled for Week 32 was 199,429 units compared to 199,363 units handled in Week 31, which makes this the third consecutive week for handling more than 199,000 units. Total trains on the system continued to trend higher with 1,875 total trains on the system for the week – just nine fewer than the prior week.
Finally, the good progress on decreasing the number of past due car orders for agriculture customers continued this week. U.S. past dues were down 21 percent compared to the prior week and now stand at 2,671 past due orders. For coal customers, our average daily coal deliveries increased to 734,600 tons, which is up from 716,600 tons delivered the prior week, or 2.5 percent better.
While there will continue to be some week-to-week fluctuations in the performance of our operation due to normal, periodic weather events and planned maintenance and expansion work, we remain focused on executing our plan to increase capacity and strengthen BNSF’s service performance. As always, we appreciate the opportunity to serve as your transportation service provider and welcome your feedback and questions.