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To: BNSF Agricultural Products Customers
06/09/2017

Network Update for Friday, June 9, 2017

Operational Performance
The operation generated steady overall performance this week with good fluidity reported across the network. Velocity for both cars and locomotives was essentially unchanged versus the previous week, which included the Memorial Day holiday. The number of total trains held remains at an elevated level primarily due to ongoing capital maintenance activity taking place around the network, as shown on this map.

Earlier this week, BNSF crews completed a major bridge replacement project on our busy Fallbridge Subdivision in southern Washington. The Washougal River Bridge in Camas, approximately 15 miles east of Portland, supports a significant amount of traffic into and out of our nearby rail yard in Vancouver. The 550-foot-long bridge was originally built in 1908, and various maintenance and improvements have been made to the bridge since that time. The new single-track steel truss bridge, with a deeper foundation and new concrete spans, was constructed on temporary platforms adjacent to the current bridge.



With the nearly two-day process of transferring to the new bridge, some trains were rerouted to minimize the service disruption. As part of our capital maintenance program, our Engineering Structures team maintains the infrastructure integrity, safety and reliability of our major bridges by making the necessary investments to extend the lives of these essential assets.
Another major project that finished this week was the expansion of our Cherokee Yard in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Approximately 16,000 feet of bypass track was installed that connects our Cherokee Subdivision, which runs between Tulsa and Springfield, Missouri, with our Creek Subdivision, which runs between Tulsa and Madill, Oklahoma, near the Texas border. The new bypass track will provide increased velocity for traffic moving through the Tulsa area.


In addition, three new arrival/departure tracks were added at the yard, which will increase classification capacity by at least 250 railcars per day.

Audio Podcast to Return on June 23
There is no podcast from BNSF Group Vice President of Agricultural Products John Miller this week. The next podcast will be delivered on Friday, June 23.

Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
During the upcoming week, no significant service interruptions due to weather are expected at this time as much of the network will experience favorable operating conditions. Some traffic moving through Montana may continue to experience some delays as maintenance work continues on our Milk River Subdivision between Havre and Glasgow.

Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending June 8:

Total trains held for the week increased by more than 10 percent with an average 76.0 trains held versus 68.9 trains held during the prior week.
    Versus the June 2016 average: up by 107.7%

Total trains on the system increased by nearly one percent versus the prior week with an average of 1,420 trains on the system.

Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 283.9, which is essentially unchanged from the 284.4 MPD recorded the prior week.
    Versus the June 2016 average: down by 6.0%

Car velocity was essentially unchanged at 216.9 MPD versus 217.8 MPD recorded the prior week.
    Versus the June 2016 average: down by 4.4%
Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was down by nearly two percent versus the prior week at 18.6 MPH.
    Versus the June 2016 average: down by 9.0%

Total volume was down by more than nine percent from the prior week with 186,126 units moved in Week 22 (ending June 3), which included the Memorial Day holiday, versus 205,685 units in Week 21 (ending May 27).

Terminal dwell was down by nearly four percent from the prior week at 25.5 hours.
    Versus the June 2016 average: up by 8.8%

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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