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To: All BNSF Customers
04/01/2016

Service Update for Friday, April 1, 2016

The operation generated strong performance gains and good fluidity across the network this week. Train velocity increased to match the highest weekly average of the year and the fastest level in the past two years. For the fifth time this year, average train speed for all BNSF trains was the fastest among all Class I railroads, according to reports filed with the Association of American Railroads (AAR) or by the railroad's own public reporting (week ending March 25). We also experienced a nearly 40 percent reduction in trains holding as the average of total trains held dropped to the lowest weekly level of the year.

BNSF responded to another rockslide in the Pacific Northwest early Monday morning, which occurred between Everett and Seattle on our Scenic Subdivision. While several trains experienced initial delays, our crews were able to quickly route traffic around the blockage to avoid further service disruption. High winds in Arizona and New Mexico also caused some train delays on our Southern Transcon earlier this week.

Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
No service interruptions due to weather are expected during the upcoming week. While a series of storm systems will impact the East Coast, mild, dry conditions are forecasted for much of our network.

Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending March 29:

Total trains held for the week decreased by more than 38 percent from the prior week with an average of 23.0 trains held.

    Versus the March 2015 average: better by 77.4%

Total trains on the system was down by nearly four percent from the prior week with an average of 1,176 trains on the system versus 1,220 during the prior week.

Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 290.7, which is down by nearly one percent from the 292.7 MPD recorded during the prior week.
    Versus the March 2015 average: better by 6.4%

Car velocity increased by more than two percent at 225.8 MPD versus 220.5 MPD recorded the prior week.
    Versus the March 2015 average: better by 6.5%

Train velocity was up by more than five percent from the prior week at 22.7 miles per hour.
    Versus the March 2015 average: better by 32.7%

Total volume was lower by more than two percent from the prior week with 165,843 units moved in Week 12 (ending March 26).

Terminal dwell was down by more than two percent from the prior week at 24.2 hours.
    Versus the March 2015 average: better by 2.4%

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