Service Update for Friday, March 4, 2016
The operation continues to deliver strong performance with velocity for cars and locomotives increasing to their highest weekly levels of the year to date. While the average number of total trains held was unchanged from the prior week, it remains at a low level and represents a nearly two-thirds improvement from the previous March average.
2016 Capital Investments: North Region
During the past couple weeks, we have publicly announced the details of our capital investment plans in several key states across the network. This outreach is part of our ongoing effort to keep local and state officials informed of the various maintenance and expansion projects in their states that help ensure we continue to operate safely and efficiently. Across the North Region, in addition to the scheduled replacing and upgrading of rail, rail ties and ballast in many locations this year, we are continuing the installation of Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) on the Jamestown and Dickinson Subdivisions in North Dakota. In Montana, we will complete a siding extension near Glendive this fall as well as three other siding extensions on the Forsyth Subdivision, which runs between Glendive and just east of Billings. In Washington, our crews will continue the replacement of the Washougal River Bridge in Camas on our busy Fallbridge Subdivision. We will provide details of some key projects in our Central and South Regions in subsequent updates.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
While most of the West experienced a warm, dry February, a return to an El Nino weather pattern this weekend is expected bring some heavy rain to southern California as well as to portions of the south central U.S. during the next several days. The slow moving storm could cause some flooding in parts of Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley. In addition, the threat for severe storms in the southern and central Plains will exist for much of the upcoming week.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending March 1:
Total trains held for the week was unchanged from the prior week with an average of 35.6 trains held.
Versus the March 2015 average: better by 65.0%
Total trains on the system was up by more than one percent from the prior week with an average of 1,277 trains on the system versus 1,259 during the prior week.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 306.5, which is up by more than two percent from the 299.5 MPD recorded during the prior week.
Versus the March 2015 average: better by 12.1%
Car velocity increased by more than one percent at 231.3 MPD versus 228.4 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the March 2015 average: better by 9.1%
Train velocity increased by nearly one percent from the prior week at 22.0 miles per hour.
Versus the March 2015 average: better by 28.7%
Total volume was higher by nearly four percent from the prior week with 189,506 units moved in Week 8 (ending February 27).
Terminal dwell was unchanged from the prior week at 24.7 hours.
Versus the March 2015 average: better by 0.4%
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.