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To: All BNSF Customers
10/16/2015

Service Update for Friday, October 16, 2015

The operation generated another week of strong performance with good fluidity across the network. Velocity for cars and trains remains well above levels reported during the same weeks in 2013 and 2014, while the average number of trains holding is approximately 75 percent lower. In addition, we moved 210,361 units this past week making this the 20th time this year we have moved more than 200,000 units in a week.

While favorable weather is currently in place across much of the network, windy conditions caused some minor service disruptions last weekend across parts of the northern Plains and upper Midwest. Nearly 30 trains were held due to high winds, with gusts of more than 70 miles per hour reported in Montana and Wyoming. The strong winds were preceded by all-time record high temperatures in parts of the Plains for the month of October.

The mild fall weather in the North Region has helped our crews as they complete this year's capital expansion projects. Next week, more than 10 miles of new double-track will be placed into service on our Staples Subdivision in Minnesota, which runs between the Twin Cities and Dilworth, near the North Dakota state line. This is one of two new double-track segments that will be added along the Staples Subdivision this fall. Double-track, as highlighted in this video, greatly enhances our ability to manage train flows and address long-term customer capacity needs. The additional capacity will also drive greater velocity improvement for Northern Corridor traffic moving to/from Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.

Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending October 13:

Total trains held for the week decreased by more than seven percent to an average of 44.6 versus 48.0 recorded the prior week.

    Versus the same week last year: down by 78.7%
    Versus the same week in 2013: down by 72.9%

Total trains on the system was down by one percent from the prior week with an average of 1,565 trains on the system.

Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 295.1, which is up by less than one percent from the prior week's 293.7 MPD.

Locomotive dwell was up by more than two percent from the prior week at 18.2 hours.

Car velocity was up by nearly one percent at 231.6 MPD versus 230.0 MPD recorded the prior week.
    Versus the same week last year: up by 23.1%
    Versus the same week in 2013: up by 17.4%

Train velocity was up by one percent from the prior week at 19.3 miles per hour.
    Versus the same week last year: up by 29.5%
    Versus the same week in 2013: up by 16.3%

Total volume for the week was a robust 210,361 units moved in Week 40 (ending October 10).

Terminal dwell was down by more than three percent from the prior week at 23.7 hours.
    Versus the same week last year: down by 16.0%
    Versus the same week in 2013: down by 7.0%

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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