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Network Update for Friday, February 16, 2018
The project will be completed in several phases over the next few months with work anticipated to finish by Labor Day. The heaviest construction is scheduled to take place on Tuesdays, which is a day that should be the least disruptive to traffic flows, particularly with the fewest intermodal trains moving through Amarillo on the Transcon.
Some trains may experience delays and extended transit times depending on the route, with the most significant impact to transit times occurring on those Tuesdays with heavy construction activity. As highlighted on the above map, BNSF will utilize an alternate route to alleviate congestion during the peak construction windows.
With additional main track in this location, BNSF will be able to offer a pass-through route for trains traveling at higher rates of speed, akin to an HOV express lane on the highway, that will facilitate throughput and help keep this crucial section of our Southern Transcon route fluid.
Get the Latest Agricultural News in Sam Sexhus' Podcast
In this week's audio podcast, BNSF Group Vice President of Agricultural Products, Sam Sexhus, gives an update on the network and covers one of BNSF's largest 2018 capital expansion projects - the addition of a fourth main track on our Hereford Subdivision through Amarillo, TX.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
An active weather pattern will remain in place for much of the BNSF network, with frigid temperatures and snow expected at various times during the next several days across the Northern Corridor. In the Pacific Northwest, heavy snow is also expected in the higher elevations this weekend along with the coldest temperatures of the season.
While maintenance activity is ongoing in several areas of the network, two significant multi-week projects are nearing completion: on our Slaton Subdivision, running between the Texas/New Mexico state line through Lubbock and into Sweetwater, Texas, as well as on the Birmingham Subdivision, between Memphis and Birmingham. Customers should expect improved transit times for shipments designated to move through these areas.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending February 15:
Total trains held for the week was essentially unchanged with an average of 130.7 trains held versus 130.6 trains held during the prior week.
Total trains on the system was up by more than three percent versus the prior week with an average of 1,518 trains on the system.
Car velocity was down by more than one percent at 209.3 MPD versus 212.2 MPD recorded the prior week.
Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was down by nearly one percent versus the prior week at 17.8 MPH.
Total volume was down by nearly eight percent from the prior week with 196,603 units moved in Week 6 (ending February 10) versus 212,942 units in Week 5 (ending February 3).
Terminal dwell increased by nearly one percent versus the prior week at 26.4 hours.
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