Network Update for Friday, July 15, 2016
The operation experienced steady performance this week with good fluidity across the network. While both car and locomotive velocity were slightly higher versus the previous week, velocity for trains increased by a significant margin and remains more than 14 percent better than its July average from last year. The number of trains held was reduced by more than half from the prior week's level as the network recovered from recent service disruptions, including the July 1 accident that occurred on our Southern Transcon. Frequent periods of severe weather across our Montana and Twin Cities Divisions also caused some minor delays this week.
Our BNSF maintenance crews remain very active throughout the network, particularly in the North Region. The work being conducted, which includes rail replacement, new rail tie installation, track undercutting and bridge construction, can create service challenges but is essential to ensuring the safety of the railroad. Customers can review the current track maintenance schedule and map here for more information regarding ongoing projects and potential delays. We will continue to implement procedures, such as the re-routing of some traffic, to minimize service disruption.
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Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
The hottest weather of the summer thus far is expected for much of the central Plains during the latter part of the upcoming week. Near triple-digit temperatures will stretch from Texas northward into the Dakotas and the upper Midwest, including the Twin Cities. We will be monitoring these conditions closely and conducting more frequent inspections to ensure safety. Additional procedures, including temporary speed restrictions along portions of our Northern Corridor, may be imposed if necessary.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending July 14:
Total trains held for the week decreased by 58 percent to an average of 30.9 trains held versus 73.4 trains during the prior week.
Versus the July 2015 average: better by 62.7%
Total trains on the system was down by less than one percent with an average of 1,350 trains on the system versus 1,357 trains during the prior week.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 298.8, which is up by more than one percent from the 295.1 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the July 2015 average: better by 8.4%
Car velocity was up by more than one percent at 229.2 MPD versus 226.2 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the July 2015 average: better by 7.9%
Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was up by nearly four percent from the prior week at 20.4 MPH.
Versus the July 2015 average: better by 14.1%
Total volume was down by nearly 14 percent with 164,806 units moved in Week 27 (ending July 9, which included the Independence Day holiday) versus 190,963 units in Week 26 (ending July 2).
Terminal dwell decreased by five percent at 23.5 hours versus 24.7 hours recorded the prior week.
Versus the July 2015 average: better by 4.2%
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