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To: All BNSF Customers
10/30/2015

Service Update for Friday, October 30, 2015

On Thursday, October 29, President Obama signed into law H.R. 3819 - The Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015, which includes a three-year extension for implementing Positive Train Control (PTC). As we have informed customers, this law gives railroads the additional time needed for PTC installation and testing, and it includes a limited two-year extension beyond 2018, if necessary, to ensure complete, safe and effective implementation. We appreciate all the efforts made by our customers to advocate for this necessary extension. BNSF will continue to work aggressively to implement PTC as quickly as possible prior to the new deadline, while also ensuring the reliability of this important safety technology.

During the past week, operational performance was negatively impacted due to a derailment on our Southern Transcon. The merchandise train derailment, which we reported last week, occurred on our busy Gallup Subdivision in New Mexico and caused some temporary velocity reduction as well as a substantial increase in total trains held because both main line tracks were affected. However, those main tracks through the incident location were returned to service within 36 hours and traffic flows normalized quickly through the area. Overall velocity for cars, trains and locomotives remains at high levels and total weekly volume was again robust, exceeding 200,000 units for the 22nd time this year.

Poor weather conditions in Texas and along the Gulf Coast last weekend also contributed to slight declines in performance in the South Region. Another round of heavy rain is expected today and tomorrow across parts of the southern Plains and along the Gulf Coast. Flash flood watches are also in effect for portions of western Washington, including the Seattle area, where several inches of rain could fall in some locations this weekend. Our crews are ready to address any washouts that occur and implement procedures to alleviate service issues caused by adverse conditions as much as possible.

Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending October 27:

Total trains held for the week increased by more than 16 percent to an average of 74.7 versus 64.3 recorded the prior week.

    Versus the same week last year: down by 60.3%
    Versus the same week in 2013: down by 54.5%

Total trains on the system was down by nearly two percent from the prior week with an average of 1,591 trains on the system.

Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 283.2, which is down by nearly two percent from the prior week's 288.3 MPD.

Locomotive dwell was down by nearly one percent from the prior week at 18.6 hours.

Car velocity was down by more than one percent at 228.6 MPD versus 231.7 MPD recorded the prior week.
    Versus the same week last year: up by 19.1%
    Versus the same week in 2013: up by 15.9%

Train velocity was down by more than four percent from the prior week at 18.3 miles per hour.
    Versus the same week last year: up by 21.2%
    Versus the same week in 2013: up by 10.2%

Total volume was essentially unchanged from the previous week with a strong 205,732 units moved in Week 42 (ending October 24).

Terminal dwell was up by five percent from the prior week at 25.3 hours.
    Versus the same week last year: down by 7.0%
    Versus the same week in 2013: down by 1.2%

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.

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