Service Update for Friday, February 26, 2016
The operation continues to generate strong overall velocity with relatively steady performance in several categories this week. Average train speed for all BNSF trains was the fastest among all Class I railroads, according to reports filed with the Association of American Railroads (AAR) or by the railroad's own public reporting (week ending February 19). While the average of total trains held increased slightly, it remains nearly 60 percent lower versus the previous February average as we experienced good fluidity across the network.
Economic Development: Customer Facilities
Earlier this week, BNSF announced that our customers invested $1.2 billion in new or expanded facilities across the network in 2015. The announcement marks the fifth consecutive year BNSF customers have invested more than $1 billion in facility development at customer sites, rail yards and transload locations. The 2015 developments, which occurred in 103 communities across three-fourths of the BNSF network, went to supporting more optimized distribution of a wide variety of commodities, including agriculture, industrial products, chemicals, petroleum, building supplies and waste management. The news highlights the successful collaborations between customers and BNSF's Economic Development team on plans that meet each customer's unique needs. With the ideal network to support today's complex distribution networks, BNSF looks forward to partnering with even more customers in 2016 to establish new or expanded rail-served facilities that can improve their supply chain process.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
While most areas are currently experiencing very favorable conditions for late February, a potentially strong storm could bring some disruptive weather to central and eastern portions of the network during the first few days of March. Many uncertainties remain regarding the storm track but significant snow accumulations are possible for the central Plains and upper Midwest as well as severe storms in parts of the South.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending February 23:
Total trains held for the week was up by more than nine percent to an average of 35.6 versus 32.6 trains held the prior week.
Versus the February 2015 average: better by 59.1%
Total trains on the system was essentially unchanged from the prior week with an average of 1,259 trains on the system versus 1,262 during the prior week.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 299.5, which is down by less than one percent from the 302.1 MPD recorded during the prior week.
Versus the February 2015 average: better by 13.4%
Car velocity slowed by less than one percent at 227.8 MPD versus 228.7 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the February 2015 average: better by 11.1%
Train velocity slowed by more than one percent from the prior week at 21.8 miles per hour.
Versus the February 2015 average: better by 26.7%
Total volume was higher by nearly one percent from the prior week with 182,826 units moved in Week 7 (ending February 20).
Terminal dwell improved by more than four percent to 24.7 hours versus 25.8 hours recorded the prior week.
Versus the February 2015 average: better by 2.8%
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.