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To: All BNSF Customers
07/02/2015

Service Update for Thursday, July 2, 2015

The operation continues to address severe weather challenges that affected system performance this week. As we reported, both main tracks of our Marceline Subdivision, part of our Southern Transcon route, were out of service for more than 24 hours last Thursday due to washouts. The outage caused significant service disruptions even as procedures were implemented to re-route trains and minimize the impact on traffic flows as much as possible. As our maintenance crews made the necessary track repairs, engineering teams coordinated on the recovery plan to normalize traffic through this key corridor quickly once service was restored.

Flooding in Iowa and the Mississippi River Valley, however, is an ongoing issue that has caused service inconsistencies. Some areas, including St. Louis, received triple their normal monthly rainfall in June. Three subdivisions: Des Moines, Hannibal and Ottumwa all experienced service outages of varying lengths during the past week. While service has been restored to all of those subdivisions in the past two days, our Cuba Subdivision in Missouri, running between St. Louis and Springfield, is currently out of service after a washout was reported this morning following more heavy rain overnight. The River Subdivision, also in Missouri, remains out with water levels still rising in some locations.

Record high temperatures and wildfires in the Pacific Northwest also created some service disruptions. Our Scenic Subdivision, which runs between Wenatchee and Everett in Washington State, was directly affected and taken out of service Sunday night. The fire caused minor damage to both main tracks as well as adjacent buildings, but service was restored on this subdivision late Tuesday night. More excessive heat and gusty winds will bring an elevated risk for additional fires in the region this weekend.

Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending June 30:

Total trains held for the week increased by 40 percent to an average of 135.6 versus 96.7 recorded the prior week.

    Versus the same week last year: down by 36.3%
    Versus the same week in 2013: up by 11.8%

Total trains on the system was up more than two percent from the prior week with an average of 1,592 trains on the system.

Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 260.4, which is down more than two percent from the prior week’s 266.5 MPD.

Locomotive dwell decreased by nearly five percent from the prior week at 17.5 hours.

Car velocity was down by nearly four percent at 201.7 MPD versus 209.9 MPD recorded the prior week.
    Versus the same week last year: up by 13.6%
    Versus the same week in 2013: down by 2.8%

Train velocity was down by nearly seven percent from the prior week at 16.3 miles per hour.
    Versus the same week last year: up by 10.9%
    Versus the same week in 2013: down by 6.9%

Total volume was down nearly two percent with 192,433 units moved in Week 25 (ending June 27).

Terminal dwell was up nearly one percent from the prior week at 24.9 hours.
    Versus the same week last year: down by 13.5%
    Versus the same week in 2013: up by 2.5%

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