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Network Update for Friday, August 17, 2018
Track construction work is progressing on schedule. The project, which was originally targeted for completion in 2019, is expected to finish by the end of the October. When the additional track is placed into service, BNSF will be able to offer a pass-through route for trains traveling at higher rates of speed and alleviate congestion through this location.
Get the Latest Agricultural News in Sam Sexhus’ Podcast
In this week's audio podcast, BNSF Group Vice President of Agricultural Products, Sam Sexhus, provides a network update, including the latest information on shuttle turns-per-month (TPM) and velocity in miles-per-day (MPD).
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
Favorable operating conditions are expected across much of the network. BNSF crews continue to monitor the elevated risk for additional wildfires in portions of the interior Pacific Northwest during the next several days.
Maintenance projects scheduled next week at our Tulsa and Kansas City – Argentine rail yards may cause some train delays during work windows on Tuesday and Wednesday (Argentine) and on Thursday (Tulsa). Major track maintenance and expansion work will continue along portions of our Northern Transcon route in Washington, northern Idaho and Montana. Some trains may experience delays due to daily work windows in multiple locations.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending August 16:
Total trains held for the week decreased by more than 12 percent with an average of 118.7 trains held versus 135.0 trains held during the prior week.
Total trains on the system was up by less than one percent versus the prior week with an average of 1,630 trains on the system.
Car velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was up by less than one percent at 200.5 MPD versus 199.4 MPD recorded the prior week.
Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was up by nearly two percent versus the prior week at 17.0 MPH.
Total volume was down by nearly five percent from the prior week with 204,981 units moved in Week 32 (ending August 11) versus 215,102 units in Week 31 (ending August 4).
Terminal dwell decreased by nearly two percent versus the prior week at 25.7 hours.
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