Network Update for Thursday, April 13, 2017
With the observance of the Good Friday holiday, this Network Update is being delivered one day earlier than scheduled.
The operation generated relatively steady overall performance versus the prior week as our primary focus remains on improving service to/from the Pacific Northwest. We continue to leverage additional resources and execute procedures to reduce car backlog and congestion at various facilities. At the same time, we are also completing necessary maintenance projects on several subdivisions in the region, including the busy Lakeside Subdivision between Pasco and Spokane, Washington.
Traffic flows along the Southern Transcon returned to normal last weekend following the April 5 derailment of a train in eastern New Mexico. As we reported, the derailment was caused by a truck at a gated crossing and had impacted both main tracks on our Clovis Subdivision. BNSF operations teams implemented aggressive startup plans to move impacted trains as quickly as possible once service had been restored.
Maintenance activity is in high gear around the network, which includes portions of the Southern Transcon in Arizona and New Mexico this week. 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.
New COT Online Auction Tool Launching Soon
As previously announced, during the weeks of May 1 and May 8, 2017, we will be launching our new Certificate of Transportation (COT) online auction tool, which will offer open auctions for both shuttle and non-shuttle COTs. To see how it works, please take a moment and watch the videos posted on our Car Programs webpage on bnsf.com. If you have any questions, contact our COT administrator at COTs@bnsf.com.
John Miller's Ag podcast will not be distributed this week. The podcast will return on April 28.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
With the above average rainfall received in the Pacific Northwest in recent weeks, the heightened risk for landslides in areas of steep terrain will continue during the next several days. Flood watches are currently in effect for portions of northeast Washington and the Idaho Panhandle, including the Sandpoint area, through tonight. While a break from the heavy rain and mountain snow is expected this weekend, the wet weather pattern will return to the region during the upcoming week. An outbreak of severe storms is also possible in the central Plains on Saturday, but most of the network will experience favorable operating conditions.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending April 12:
Total trains held for the week decreased by nearly one percent with an average 82.3 trains held versus 82.7 trains held during the prior week.
Versus the April 2016 average: up by 282.7%
Total trains on the system increased by nearly one percent versus the prior week with an average of 1,429 trains on the system.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 278.2, which is essentially unchanged from the 278.3 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the April 2016 average: down by 6.4%
Car velocity was essentially unchanged at 210.1 MPD versus 210.2 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the April 2016 average: down by 8.9%
Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was down by more than one percent versus the prior week at 18.3 MPH.
Versus the April 2016 average: down by 20.1%
Total volume was down by nearly three percent from the prior week with 190,068 units moved in Week 14 (ending April 8) versus 195,694 units in Week 13 (ending April 1).
Terminal dwell was down by more than one percent from the prior week at 26.8 hours.
Versus the April 2016 average: up by 18.2%
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.