Service Update for Friday, February 20, 2015
The operation experienced strong performance gains this week, with velocity increases across all business units. Despite frigid temperatures throughout much of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, good fluidity was maintained throughout the network, including the Chicago gateway. Locomotive availability remains high and total trains holding experienced a double-digit decline for the second consecutive week.
Surges of Arctic air will continue to impact the North Region, from North Dakota eastward, during the upcoming week. Temperatures are expected to run 20-30 degrees below normal on most days. As a result, we will continue to implement train length restrictions as necessary in response to below zero conditions. In addition, a winter storm warning is in effect for Denver and the surrounding areas this weekend due to expected heavy snow.
We also continue to monitor the ongoing labor situation at ports in the Pacific Northwest and California. As we have noted, BNSF is actively managing service inconsistencies resulting from this dispute. With the parties involved meeting with both U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker this week amid growing pressure to come to an agreement, we remain hopeful for a resolution soon.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending
Total trains held for the week decreased to an average of 84.0, which is down nearly 11 percent from the prior week and better by nearly 77 percent from a year ago. Total trains on the system was down by nearly three percent from the prior week with an average of 1,652 trains on the system.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 269.4 compared to 259.1 MPD the prior week. Locomotive dwell was down by one percent from the prior week at 19.2 hours.
Car velocity was up by 3.5 percent at 209.6 MPD versus 202.5 MPD recorded the prior week, but more than 16 percent better than the average recorded this same week in 2014.
Train velocity was up six percent from the prior week at 17.7 miles per hour. This week's reported average is nearly 23 percent faster than one year ago.
Total volume was 185,582 units moved in Week 6 (ending February 14).
Terminal dwell was up slightly to 25.2 hours versus 25.0 hours the prior week, and is nearly 18 percent better than the average from this week in 2014.
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.