Service Update for Friday, September 5, 2014
For the week ending September 5, our network fluidity statistics trended mostly positive with the most notable improvements occurring in on-time performance system wide and for our intermodal business. Yesterday, we also appeared at a public hearing in North Dakota before the Surface Transportation Board where we gave a progress update and discussed the future outlook.
First, below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week:
System wide on-time performance improved 5.6 points to 72.4 percent with Intermodal on-time performance increasing 9.5 points to 79.6 percent.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day, declined slightly to 250.8 compared to 252.6 in the prior week. Likewise, locomotive dwell was down slightly at 15.4 hours from 15.0 hours the prior week.
Total volume handled for Week 35 was strong at 203,686 units compared to 198,603 units handled in Week 34. Our measurement of total trains on the system continues to trend higher with an average of 1,871 total trains on the system for the week, which is just 10 trains fewer than the prior week.
Terminal dwell, as reported to the Association of American Railroads, was 28.9 hours for the week ending August 29, which is 2.4 percent better than the prior week and is the largest percentage improvement among the other Class 1 railroads who report similar data.
Car velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 181.2 for the week ending September 2, an improvement over the 180.5 MPD experienced the prior week. Compared to the baseline week in early February, car velocity is up 6.1 percent.
Train velocity was also up for the week at 14.9 miles per hour, which is 2.1 percent better than the prior week.
Highlights from the Surface Transportation Board Testimony in North Dakota
At yesterday’s STB hearing in Fargo, ND, BNSF testified that in four out of the last five months, agriculture volume shipped in the four-state region (SD, ND, MT, MN) on BNSF has surpassed previous peak levels.
The railroad told the Board that it is offering more capacity for the movement of grain than ever before and will run the highest number of shuttles ever during the peak season of October through March. BNSF said it expects a large crop this year and its grain volume transportation capability is expected to increase by 10 to 15 percent as a result of its increased shuttle offering.
The company also gave an outlook for the region saying that there will be continued incremental improvements as more capacity projects come online. The new capacity will be lasting capacity that benefits all of BNSF’s customers.
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