Network Update for Friday, July 7, 2017
The operation experienced steady overall performance across the network this week, which included the Independence Day holiday. Train velocity was relatively unchanged compared to last week, however, it remains below the average level reported from July 2016. The average number of trains holding has decreased from elevated levels earlier this week, but still remains higher than the previous week.
As we have reported, maintenance activity is in full swing throughout the BNSF network this time of year. Some trains may experience delays and/or speed reductions through areas where maintenance work windows are in effect. As always, our teams are constantly evaluating all available options to mitigate these potential delays as much as possible. Customers can review the current track maintenance schedule and map here for more information regarding these projects and potential delays.
The impact of routine maintenance on operational performance can be exacerbated by holiday-specific circumstances such as matching operations to reductions in traffic volumes and delays from connecting carriers who have reduced operations from the holiday, as was the case this week. We expect performance to improve in the coming days as these factors normalize.
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Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
Extreme heat continues in the desert Southwest with temperatures exceeding 120 degrees in some areas tomorrow. We are watching these conditions closely and have repositioned personnel to minimize response time in the event of a service interruption.
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 Southern Washington may continue to experience some delays as maintenance work continues on our Fallbridge Subdivision which runs between Vancouver and Pasco, Washington.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending July 6:
Total trains held for the week increased by more than 50 percent with an average 105.9 trains held versus 69.4 trains held during the prior week.
Versus the July 2016 average: up by 122.4%
Total trains on the system was down by more than two percent versus the prior week with an average of 1,428 trains on the system.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 270.0, which is down by nearly four percent from the 280.1 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the July 2016 average: down by 9.7%
Car velocity was down by more than three percent at 203.5 MPD versus 210.3 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the July 2016 average: down by 11.5%
Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was relatively flat versus the prior week at 17.9 MPH.
Versus the July 2016 average: down by 10.6%
Total volume was up by nearly one percent from the prior week with 200,889 units moved in Week 26 (ending July 1) versus 199,175 units in Week 25 (ending June 24).
Terminal dwell was up four percent from the prior week at 27.6 hours.
Versus the July 2016 average: up by 14.9%
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