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Service Update for Friday, January 29, 2016

The operation continues to generate solid performance with good fluidity experienced across the network this past week. Overall velocity for cars, trains and locomotives all remain strong and each continues to exceed their respective averages from the previous January by at least 10 percent. The average of total trains held increased slightly this week, but also remains near its lowest level of the past two years.

2016 BNSF Capital Plan
“Our railroad is in the best shape it has ever been.” That evaluation by BNSF president and chief executive officer Carl Ice reflects our successful efforts to add more capacity to the network and to keep our railroad infrastructure in top condition. With a focus on ensuring we continue to operate safely and efficiently while also meeting the long term demands of customers, we announced our 2016 capital plan this week. The $4.3 billion plan balances the need to add capacity and improve efficiency in constrained parts of the network while bringing investments in line with current volumes. Maintaining our core network and related assets constitutes the largest component of this year’s plan, but we will also spend approximately $500 million on expansion, including several projects that we began last year, such as the new bridge and secondary track to cross the Pecos River on our Southern Transcon in New Mexico. We will provide further details on the key line capacity and maintenance projects in subsequent updates throughout the year.

Expectations for the week ahead
As most of the network currently experiences mild, dry conditions for late January, more rain continues to fall in the Pacific Northwest. BNSF crews responded to additional mudslides last weekend, which caused some delays involving several subdivisions in Washington and Oregon. All blocked portions of track were cleared as quickly as possible while some trains were re-routed around the impacted areas to minimize service disruption. Additional mudslides are possible this weekend as another storm system is expected to bring more heavy rain to the region. This same system is also expected to bring high winds and rain to the Desert Southwest as well as some heavy snow to the Rockies and portions of the Central Plains early next week.

Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending January 26:

Total trains held for the week was up by nearly 10 percent to an average of 36.9 versus 33.6 trains held the prior week.

    Versus the January 2015 average: better by 58.3%

Total trains on the system was up by more than three percent from the prior week with an average of 1,261 trains on the system.

Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 294.0, which is up by nearly three percent from the prior week’s 285.8 MPD.
    Versus the January 2015 average: better by 12.5%

Car velocity was essentially unchanged at 228.1 MPD versus 228.2 MPD recorded the prior week.
    Versus the January 2015 average: better by 10.0%

Train velocity was down by more than two percent from the prior week at 21.7 miles per hour.
    Versus the January 2015 average: better by 24.0%

Total volume was down by less than one percent from the prior week with 184,135 units moved in Week 3 (ending January 23).

Terminal dwell was essentially unchanged from the prior week at 24.7 hours.
    Versus the January 2015 average: better by 2.8%

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