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Network Update for Friday, November 18, 2016

Operational Performance
The operation experienced steady performance this week with good fluidity across the network. Overall velocity for cars, trains and locomotives all remain at or near their highest levels of the year, and each continues to exceed their average levels from November 2015. After reaching a year-to-date high of 204,416 units for the week ending November 5, total weekly volume again exceeded the strong 200,000 unit level last week.

Along those portions of the Northern Corridor that have experienced isolated service challenges in recent weeks, we continue to generate velocity and efficiency improvements. While significant progress has been made, there were disruptions to normal train flows this week. Track and rail tie damage caused by a broken railcar wheel late Wednesday night has slowed service on a busy portion of our Spokane Subdivision near Sandpoint, Idaho. BNSF crews continue to inspect and make repairs in this location, and we have implemented procedures to minimize disruption as much as possible.

The first major winter storm of the season is impacting the upper Midwest today with winter storm and blizzard warnings currently in effect for eastern South Dakota and most of Minnesota. We have snow removal equipment positioned and crews are ready to address these severe weather conditions. In addition, below freezing temperatures have accompanied the storm’s passage in many areas along the Northern Corridor. After an extended period of unseasonable warmth, the Twin Cities area will finally experience its first freeze going into the weekend.

BNSF & KCS Introduce Joint Intermodal Service between the U.S. and Mexico
Earlier this week, BNSF and Kansas City Southern (KCS) announced a new joint intermodal service connecting Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth with some of the fastest growing consumer and industrial markets in Mexico beginning Thursday, December 1. The new five-day-a-week, cross-border service will provide joint northbound and southbound Intermodal service to/from either Monterrey, San Luis Potosí or Toluca, Mexico to/from Dallas/Fort Worth or Chicago, with additional southbound service to Laredo, Texas.

In addition, customers will have the ability to connect to other regions along BNSF’s 32,500-mile network from Dallas/Fort Worth or Chicago, including the West Coast to and from Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Stockton, Calif., as well as Seattle and Portland in the Pacific Northwest. The new service will also support connections with other railroads to reach northeastern and Canadian markets. Additional service details can be accessed here.

Thanksgiving Holiday Operating Plan
BNSF will continue to operate intermodal and automotive trains throughout the upcoming Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend. The majority of our intermodal hubs will observe normal working hours (see schedule here), and automotive facilities will remain fully-staffed and open for haulaway. BNSF will accept and deliver all regularly scheduled interchanges, but delays may occur on interline traffic if connecting carriers have reduced operations for the holiday. Also, lighter traffic volumes and possible train consolidations for outbound and inbound intermodal shipments may result in delays of up to 48 hours from Tuesday, November 22 through Monday, November 28. For automotive shipments, customers may experience delays of up to 48 hours from Wednesday, November 23 through Monday, November 28.

Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
No significant winter weather is expected for the upcoming week at this time, however, an unsettled pattern will remain in place across much of the network. More rain is likely for the Pacific Northwest, which could trigger additional landslides. Most other areas of the network should experience generally favorable operating conditions during the next several days.

Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending November 17:

Total trains held for the week was down by more than six percent with an average 48.4 trains held versus 51.6 trains held during the prior week.
Versus the November 2015 average: down by 10.3%

Total trains on the system was down by more than one percent with an average of 1,450 trains on the system versus 1,467 trains during the prior week.

Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 306.6, which is essentially unchanged from the 306.4 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the November 2015 average: up by 6.3%

Car velocity was essentially unchanged at 234.0 MPD versus 233.0 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the November 2015 average: up by 1.6%

Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was up by nearly two percent from the prior week at 20.0 MPH.
Versus the November 2015 average: up by 0.4%

Total volume was down by more than two percent with 200,191 units moved in Week 45 (ending November 12) versus 204,416 units in Week 44 (ending November 5).

Terminal dwell was down by nearly two percent from the prior week at 24.2 hours.
Versus the November 2015 average: down by 2.3%

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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