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Service Update for Friday, January 16, 2015

This week the operation experienced more fluid conditions across our North and Central Regions after enduring a week of harsh winter weather impacting our railroad. Train length restrictions, implemented due to below zero temperatures in many areas, were removed earlier this week. Seasonable conditions are expected across much of the network through the weekend, and no large scale severe weather impacts are expected during the week ahead.

BNSF continues to be focused on adding capacity and making operational improvements that will generate better train velocity. Yesterday, we announced more details regarding our record $6 billion capital program for 2015. We will invest more than $100 million per state in nearly half of the network to grow our network and support additional volumes.

Across our three operating regions, BNSF will spend the following on engineering maintenance and line expansion projects:

  • $1.5 billion in the North Region
  • $650 million in the Central Region
  • $800 million in the South Region
To learn more about our planned improvements and expansion projects, see our detailed infographic at

Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending January 13:

Total trains held for power for the week was an average of 6.9, which was an increase of two trains from the prior week but is still considerably fewer trains than weekly averages recorded last month. Total trains on the system was up just over six percent from the prior week with an average of 1,640 trains on the system.

Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 255.3 compared to 238.7 MPD the prior week. Locomotive dwell improved nearly 10 percent to 21.8 hours versus 24.2 hours for the prior week.

Car velocity improved just over two percent to 201.2 MPD versus 196.7 MPD recorded the prior week.

Train velocity also improved by more than two percent at 17.2 miles per hour.

System wide on-time performance declined slightly to 80.7 percent for the week. Intermodal on-time performance declined by eight points to 83.9 percent from 92.0 the prior week.

Total volume was a robust 181,580 units in Week 1 (ending January 10).

Terminal dwell increased slightly to 26.1 hours compared to 25.9 hours the prior week.

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