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To: All BNSF Customers
10/04/2019

Network Update for Friday, October 4, 2019

Operational Performance
The operation is sustaining relatively steady overall performance during the first days of October. While down slightly versus the prior week, average car velocity reached its highest level of the year in September and increased by approximately seven percent during the third quarter. Both total trains held and terminal dwell are running at levels significantly improved versus the previous October.

During the past week, BNSF teams have been responding to intermittent weather-related challenges, including heavy rain across portions of the Midwest as well as an early season snowstorm in northwestern Montana. Severe storms in Iowa on Tuesday night and Wednesday caused multiple service interruptions on our Ottumwa Subdivision, which represents most of our primary east-west route through the state. In Montana, approximately two feet of snow fell last weekend in some locations along the Hi Line Subdivision near Glacier National Park. Our Montana Division activated its Winter Action Plan to address the storm and there were no major disruptions to train flows throughout the event.

Well before winter arrives, each of BNSF’s 10 operating divisions evaluates their specific Winter Action Plan to ensure that resources and procedures are in place to address extreme winter conditions. Each plan is focused on ensuring that our workplace is prepared to work safely, equipment is positioned to keep trains moving, and we can quickly deploy resources in response to service interruptions. In the weeks ahead, we will share additional details on our preparations for the 2019-20 season and how BNSF is best prepared for the challenges of winter.

Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
Peak maintenance activity on the network will start to wind down this month, with fewer train delays expected due to scheduled work windows. With drier weather moving into the Plains and Midwest this weekend, more favorable operating conditions are anticipated across the central core of the BNSF network going into the upcoming week.

Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending October 3:

Total trains held for the week decreased by nearly three percent with an average of 94.3 trains held versus 96.7 trains held during the prior week.

    Versus the September 2019 average: up by 1.1%
    Versus the October 2018 average: down by 22.7%

Total trains on the system increased by more than one percent versus the prior week with an average of 1,533 trains on the system.
    Versus the September 2019 average: up by 1.1%
    Versus the October 2018 average: down by 5.4%

Car velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was down by more than one percent at 203.7 MPD versus 206.7 MPD recorded the prior week.
    Versus the September 2019 average: down by 2.1%
    Versus the October 2018 average: down by 0.7%

Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was essentially unchanged versus the prior week at 17.2 MPH.
    Versus the September 2019 average: down by 0.8%
    Versus the October 2018 average: up by 0.9%

Total volume increased by more than one percent from the prior week with 206,058 units moved in Week 39 (ending September 28) versus 203,350 units in Week 38 (ending September 21).

Terminal dwell was essentially unchanged versus the prior week at 25.1 hours.
    Versus the September 2019 average: up by 0.3%
    Versus the October 2018 average: down by 4.3%

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