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Network Update for Thursday, March 29, 2018
With BNSF’s holiday observance of Good Friday, this Network Update is being delivered one day earlier than scheduled.
The project will reconfigure small storage tracks to create a new paired production track and includes the addition of Rubber Tire Gantry (RTG) cranes. Construction will occur in three phases to minimize disruption to operations and is scheduled to be completed by mid to late September. We will continue to provide updates as the construction work progresses.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
An active wintry weather pattern will influence areas of our Northern Corridor east of the Rockies during the next several days. BNSF operating teams are monitoring expected blizzard conditions and frigid temperatures into this weekend as multiple winter storms move through North Dakota and Minnesota. Some traffic may experience delays due to train length restrictions as well as distributed power for trains that may be needed. In other areas of the network, favorable operating conditions will hold for the first week of April.
This map highlights the ongoing maintenance activity taking place on the BNSF network. April also marks the start of BNSF’s peak network maintenance season, including some notable work scheduled to begin soon in our North Region. BNSF crews will start a nearly month-long project on April 9 involving rail and tie replacement as well as undercutting work on approximately 50 miles of our Milk River Subdivision, which runs between Havre and Glasgow, Montana and represents a key portion of our primary Northern Transcon route. Work windows on this segment are currently scheduled during overnight hours from Monday to Friday. We will continue to update customers of any significant service interruptions associated with this project as well as others across the network.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending March 28:
Total trains held for the week decreased by more than 24 percent with an average of 94.7 trains held versus 125.0 trains held during the prior week.
Total trains on the system was up by nearly one percent versus the prior week with an average of 1,557 trains on the system.
Car velocity was up by nearly two percent at 214.9 MPD versus 210.8 MPD recorded the prior week.
Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was up by more than two percent versus the prior week at 18.4 MPH.
Total volume was down by more than two percent from the prior week with 202,607 units moved in Week 12 (ending March 24) versus 207,194 units in Week 11 (ending March 17).
Terminal dwell decreased by more than one percent versus the prior week at 25.6 hours.
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