Service Update for Friday, February 19, 2016
The operation generated a solid performance this week with velocity gains achieved for locomotives, trains and cars. The weekly average for locomotive velocity exceeded 300 miles per day for the first time in the past two years. We also generated a double-digit percentage improvement in total trains held on good fluidity experienced across the network.
2016 BNSF Capital Plan: Expansion
Although nearly two-thirds of this year's capital plan is dedicated to infrastructure maintenance, we will complete some key capacity expansion projects in heavily-trafficked parts of the network. In the Central Region, our crews are constructing nearly six miles of new double-track on our busy Ravenna Subdivision in Nebraska. When placed into service this Spring, nearly all 125 miles of this busy subdivision will be fully double-tracked. In the South Region, engineering work is progressing on schedule to complete a new bridge and secondary track over the Pecos River in Fort Sumner, N.M. this summer. When this additional three miles of double-track is placed into service, only four miles of single track will remain on our 2,200 mile Southern Transcon route. We will continue to provide further updates on these and other key line capacity projects throughout the year.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
High wind advisories and warnings are in effect for a large portion of the Northern Plains and upper Midwest today as a fast moving system sweeps through the region. Wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour are possible in some locations through this evening, which may cause some train delays. Record warm temperatures will also accompany the high winds in many of these same locations. In the Pacific Northwest, another pair of storm systems will bring heavy rain and mountain snow through the weekend. With the stormy weather pattern then shifting to the East Coast, most of the BNSF network, including the Pacific Northwest, will experience above normal temperatures and favorable, dry conditions during the upcoming week.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending February 16:
Total trains held for the week was down by more than 16 percent to an average of 32.6 versus 38.9 trains held the prior week.
Versus the February 2015 average: better by 62.5%
Total trains on the system was up by one percent from the prior week with an average of 1,257 trains on the system versus 1,245 during the prior week.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 301.8, which is up by more than two percent from the 294.8 MPD recorded during the prior week.
Versus the February 2015 average: better by 14.3%
Car velocity increased by more than two percent at 228.3 MPD versus 223.6 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the February 2015 average: better by 11.4%
Train velocity increased by more than three percent from the prior week at 22.1 miles per hour.
Versus the February 2015 average: better by 28.5%
Total volume was lower by more than one percent from the prior week with 181,587 units moved in Week 6 (ending February 13).
Terminal dwell decreased by 1.5 percent to 25.8 hours versus 26.2 hours recorded the prior week.
Versus the February 2015 average: up by 1.6%
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.