Service Update for Friday, October 17, 2014
This week, the operation maintained good fluidity throughout the network by generating improved train and locomotive velocity across the system. Additionally, we continue to make great progress in adding a second track on the Glasgow sub, which operates from Minot, ND to Glasgow, MT. Last weekend, we put into service an additional six miles of double-track, bringing our total to nearly 50 miles of new double-track added to this important, busy section of track that operates across our Northern corridor.
While we are adding capacity, we are also continuing our aggressive maintenance work, particularly between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago, to ensure our infrastructure remains as fluid as possible. As we prepare for the winter season and work to anticipate future congestion challenges, we are examining the opportunities in Chicago to minimize the impact that heavy volume and interchange with connecting rail carriers can have on our operation. We are also readying the operation for the upcoming winter season by testing and pre-positioning equipment as well as adding resources to help ensure we are better prepared for the possibility of extreme winter conditions.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending October 14.
Total trains held for power for the week was an average of 62.9, which improved nearly three percent from the prior week. Total trains on the system continues to be robust with an average of 1,923 trains on the system for the week, but is 33 trains fewer than last week. Fewer trains on the system creates an opportunity for improved velocity.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), increased to 254.7 compared to 248.9 MPD during the prior week. Locomotive dwell was essentially unchanged at 16.7 hours versus 16.8 hours for the prior week.
Car velocity, measured in MPD, improved for the week at 187.6, which is more than two percent better than the 183.7 MPD recorded the prior week.
Train velocity was also improved for the week at 14.9 miles per hour. The improvement is 3.5 percent faster than the prior week.
Total volume handled was strong once again at 207,973 units handled in Week 41. The weekly result makes this the fifth consecutive week of handling more than 200,000 units.
Terminal dwell increased by less than two percent to 28.2 hours for the week, which is 30 minutes longer than 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.