Service Update for Friday, November 6, 2015
The operation experienced solid performance gains and good fluidity across the network this week. Velocity for cars, trains and locomotives all increased to reach some of our highest levels for the year to date, while the average number of trains holding dropped by more than 30 percent due primarily to improved operating conditions in our South Region. Total weekly volume remains robust, as we moved more than 200,000 units for the 23rd time this year.
As much of the South experiences mild fall conditions, winter weather and some freezing temperatures have moved into parts of our North and Central Regions. The first measurable snow fell yesterday in parts of North Dakota and across several western states, including the Denver area. While more seasonable weather is in place for the weekend, another round of snowy weather is expected in parts of the Rockies and Northern Plains next week. Each of BNSF's 12 operating divisions has a Winter Action Plan that is reviewed annually to ensure the necessary resources and procedures are in place for each division's unique operating conditions.
As we move through the last several weeks of fall, some notable capital expansion projects are wrapping up across the network. Last week, we completed our final 2015 Southern Transcon double-track project on the Panhandle Subdivision, which runs between Amarillo and southern Kansas. Nearly 10 miles of new double-track is now in service near Avard, Oklahoma. With this section complete and in service, only seven miles of single track remain on our Southern Transcon route. Those last seven miles consist of three major bridge projects, which includes the bridge that crosses the Pecos River near Fort Sumner, N.M. We have started the initial work on that bridge earlier than originally planned with completion expected by the end of next year.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending November 3:
Note: In prior updates, we have been providing you with performance comparisons against each of the prior two years. However, you will recall that BNSF's service began to decline in late 2013. As a result, future comparisons against that period will tend to suggest an inflated view of our current performance. Going forward, we will compare our current performance against the same weekly period from the prior year as well as the monthly average from the prior year as we believe these comparisons will give you a more realistic perspective of our operating results.
Total trains held for the week decreased by more than 30 percent to an average of 52.0 versus 64.3 recorded the prior week.
Versus the same week last year: down by 72.3%
Versus the same month last year: down by 70.5%
Total trains on the system was down by more than one percent from the prior week with an average of 1,572 trains on the system.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 297.1, which is up by nearly five percent from the prior week's 283.2 MPD.
Locomotive dwell was down by more than one percent from the prior week at 18.4 hours.
Car velocity was up by nearly three percent at 235.3 MPD versus 229.4 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the same week last year: up by 24.0%
Versus the same month last year: up by 24.9%
Train velocity was up by more than seven percent from the prior week at 19.6 miles per hour.
Versus the same week last year: up by 29.8%
Versus the same month last year: up by 29.8%
Total volume was down by one percent from the previous week with a strong 203,620 units moved in Week 43 (ending October 31).
Terminal dwell was down by more than two percent from the prior week at 24.7 hours.
Versus the same week last year: down by 11.2%
Versus the same month last year: down by 12.1%
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.