Service Update for Friday, November 21, 2014
The operation experienced some velocity challenges this week due primarily to frigid conditions continuing to impact the North and Central Regions. This unseasonably cold weather caused some modest traffic slowdowns as well as some negative effects on network fluidity. With network infrastructure adapting quickly to this early winter environment, we expect a continued improvement in train flows and car velocity heading into December.
We also experienced some service interruptions and backlogs associated with a derailment that occurred last week near Casselton, North Dakota, which affected both main tracks. Due to the incident, we implemented some rerouting of trains to alleviate backlogs on affected subdivisions. Train flows and routing through this area have returned to normal.
Periodic service disruptions continue to occur as a result of the ongoing labor situation at the ports in the Pacific Northwest. As a result of work slowdowns at these ports, we have responded by implementing temporary restrictions for some export/import traffic at several of our hubs. While hoping for a resolution in the near future, BNSF will continue to evaluate and, in some cases, implement additional procedures to minimize impacts on service.
With a relentless focus on strengthening our service, yesterday we announced our planned capital expenditures for 2015 will be $6 billion, which will go toward maintenance and expansion of the railroad. The 2015 plan marks the third year in a row that BNSF has committed a record amount for capital investments. We will announce the details for the various line capacity and maintenance projects we are planning for 2015 early next year.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending
Total trains held for power for the week was an average of 68.7, which is a 42 percent increase from the prior week. The overall number of trains held, however, was slightly lower, down 0.8 percent, as trains held for crew improved considerably to our lowest level this year. Total trains on the system remains high with an average of 1,885 trains on the system, which is down less than one percent from the prior week.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 244.5 compared to 254.3 MPD the prior week. Locomotive dwell increased slightly at 16.9 hours versus 16.7 hours for the prior week.
Car velocity was 180.8 MPD, which is down about four percent from the 188.9 MPD recorded the prior week.
Train velocity for the week was down three percent at 14.6 miles per hour.
Total volume handled remained heavy, with an industry-leading 204,827 units in Week 46. The weekly result makes this the tenth consecutive week of handling more than 200,000 units.
Terminal dwell was up over three percent this week at 28.3 hours compared to 27.4 the prior week.
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.
Note: With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, our next service update will be delivered on Friday, December 5.