Service Update for Friday, October 24, 2014
For the third week in a row, the operation maintained good fluidity across the network and traffic throughput remained high. Additionally, our maintenance teams continue to do an outstanding job on planning and executing track and bridge maintenance projects.
In particular, this week a 30-hour maintenance window was created on the St. Joseph subdivision, which runs from Kansas City to Lincoln, NE. The window was opened to perform a large maintenance project. These types of maintenance projects ensure that BNSF is able to keep tracks and infrastructure in top condition and help generate maximum velocity. In total, 170 crew members replaced two bridges totaling 370 feet, resurfaced thousands of feet of track, repaired and replaced several track crossings and completed many other maintenance projects. The team’s work was completed a full two hours or 15 percent faster than projected and allowed the transportation team to bring the subdivision back online earlier than planned to benefit customers sooner.
As announced last week, we continue to ready the operation for the upcoming winter season and we will be communicating more about those efforts early next week.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending October 21.
Total trains held for power for the week was an average of 61.9, which improved about 2 percent from the prior week. Total trains on the system remains high with an average of 1,936 trains on the system for the week and is 33 more trains than last week.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 253.1 compared to 254.7 MPD during the prior week. Locomotive dwell was up slightly at 17.0 hours versus 16.7 hours for the prior week. We continue to be ahead of schedule in adding locomotives to the fleet with 430 new locomotives now in operation against a plan to increase the locomotive fleet by 500 this year.
Car velocity, measured in MPD, improved for the week at 188.2, which is 10 basis points better than the 188.0 MPD recorded the prior week.
Train velocity was flat for the week at 14.9 miles per hour.
Total volume handled once again was strong at 205,106 units handled in Week 42. The weekly results makes this the sixth consecutive week of handling more than 200,000 units.
Terminal dwell remained steady at 28.2 hours for the week as we experience no change from 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.