Service Update for Friday, December 18, 2015
The operation experienced steady performance and good fluidity across the network this week. Overall velocity continues to hold strong with averages for cars, trains and locomotives remaining near their highs for the year. For the first time in 2015, average train speed for all BNSF trains, as reported to the Association of American Railroads (AAR), was the fastest among all other U.S. Class I railroads in the latest weekly industry performance report. The average of total trains held increased by fewer than seven trains after recording the lowest level of the year to date last week.
Weather conditions in the Pacific Northwest remain challenging as frequent storms continue to impact portions of Washington and Oregon. Heavy rain triggered a rockslide earlier this week on our Fallbridge Subdivision in southern Washington causing brief delays for several trains. More rain, with heavy snow in the higher elevations, is expected through the weekend into next week for much of the Northwest. Maintenance crews will continue to conduct additional track inspections and make all necessary repairs as quickly as possible.
As 2015 draws to a close, the railroad is in its best condition ever following this year's record capital investments. The capacity expansion projects that were completed, representing more than 120 miles of new double-track, nearly 900 miles newly placed under Centralized Traffic Control, five new sidings and 16 extended sidings, have generated significant improvements in operational performance. As we have reported, only seven miles of single track remain on the Southern Transcon, while half of our Northern Transcon route is now double-tracked. With this additional capacity now available, the network is well positioned for growth opportunities in 2016 and beyond.
Note: With the upcoming Christmas and New Year's holidays, the next weekly service update will be delivered on Friday, January 8, 2016.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending December 15:
Total trains held for the week was up by more than 19 percent to an average of 41.6 versus 34.9 trains held the prior week.
Versus the December 2014 average: better by 70.2%
Total trains on the system was essentially unchanged from the prior week with an average of 1,390 trains on the system.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 297.3, which is essentially unchanged from the prior week's 296.1 MPD.
Versus the December 2014 average: better by 14.9%
Car velocity was down by nearly one percent at 237.1 MPD versus 237.8 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the December 2014 average: better by 17.7%
Train velocity was down by more than one percent from the prior week at 21.2 miles per hour.
Versus the December 2014 average: better by 30.1%
Total volume was up by nearly one percent from the prior week with 198,433 units moved in Week 49 (ending December 12).
Terminal dwell was essentially unchanged from the prior week at 23.7 hours.
Versus the December 2014 average: better by 10.2%
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.