Midwest Rail Operations Update
A late winter, fast-moving storm will bring as much as 3 to 6 inches of snow and ice accumulations to the Plains tonight; it will move into the Ohio Valley and the Appalachians through Wednesday and will reach the Northeast by Wednesday evening. The states most impacted include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.
To quickly mitigate any potential negative storm impacts, BNSF has taken pro-active measures with traffic routing and prepositioning of machinery and manpower. For select unit trains, BNSF is activating alternate gateways to avoid forecasted storm areas and mitigate potential traffic delays.
Chicago-area operations remain at Alert Level 3 across all carriers as designated by the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office (CTCO). The CTCO consists of representatives from all U.S. and Canadian Class I railroads.
In response to Alert Level 3 conditions, all railroad carriers continue to work together to re-route certain traffic destinations to alternate gateways and alternate interchange and processing points when possible.
We recognize the continuing impact that current conditions are having on our customers and we are committed to restoring service levels as quickly as possible.
If you have questions, please contact BNSF Customer Support at 1-888-428-2673 (select option 4, then option 3).