Service Update for Friday, October 23, 2015
The operation experienced relatively steady performance and good fluidity across the network this week. While overall velocity remains strong, the average number of trains holding rose by nearly 20 trains this week driven by some disruptions reported in our South Region. Total weekly volume once again exceeded the 200,000 threshold for the 21st time this year.
As we reported, a merchandise train derailed early this morning in Zuni, New Mexico, which is located on our Gallup Subdivision. There were no injuries and the cause of the derailment is under investigation. Both main tracks are closed to traffic as we address this incident. As a result, customers may experience delays of 24 to 36 hours on shipments moving through this portion of our Southern Transcon. We will continue to share information about service restoration as it becomes available.
While much of our North and Central Regions continue to experience favorable weather, heavy rain is expected across parts of the southern Plains and along the Gulf Coast today and through the weekend. Flash flood watches are currently in place across much of central and eastern Texas, with the potential for as much as 10 inches of rain in some locations. Our crews are ready to respond to any track washouts and we will implement procedures, such as re-routing traffic, to alleviate any service issues as much as possible.
We are also monitoring legislative developments in Washington, D.C. on extending the year-end Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation deadline. As we informed customers earlier this week, progress has been made on a consensus extension proposal in the House of Representatives which could be voted on as early as next week. The PTC extension proposal could be included in a multi-year surface transportation authorization bill being considered, or passed as stand-alone legislation. Any legislation passed in the House, however, would also require reconciliation with action taken by the Senate to address the current deadline. This may result in a short-term extension, covering several weeks or months, that is passed first to provide additional time for negotiations. In the unfortunate circumstance that legislative action to extend the deadline fails to pass at the present time, it is unlikely that we will take action to curtail operations prior to mid-December. BNSF will certainly provide ample notification to customers if any service changes are necessary.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending October 20:
Total trains held for the week increased by more than 44 percent to an average of 64.3 versus 44.6 recorded the prior week.
Versus the same week last year: down by 70.2%
Versus the same week in 2013: down by 60.9%
Total trains on the system was down by nearly one percent from the prior week with an average of 1,560 trains on the system.
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 288.1, which is down by 2.5 percent from the prior week's 295.4 MPD.
Locomotive dwell was up by nearly two percent from the prior week at 18.7 hours.
Car velocity was essentially unchanged at 231.6 MPD versus 232.1 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the same week last year: up by 22.8%
Versus the same week in 2013: up by 17.4%
Train velocity was down by one percent from the prior week at 19.1 miles per hour.
Versus the same week last year: up by 28.2%
Versus the same week in 2013: up by 15.1%
Total volume decreased by more than two percent from the previous week with a still robust 205,590 units moved in Week 41 (ending October 17).
Terminal dwell was up by nearly than two percent from the prior week at 24.1 hours.
Versus the same week last year: down by 14.5%
Versus the same week in 2013: down by 5.9%
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.