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Network Update for Friday, September 28, 2018
As part of our recent expansion of the Corwith Intermodal Facility in Chicago, BNSF has installed two new Cantilevered Rubber-Tired Gantry (CRTG) cranes. The cranes went into service last week over the new three-track module.
The design of these one-of-a-kind cranes allows BNSF to span multiple production tracks and perform trackside stacking without impeding the ability to serve trucks/hostlers. Along with the multiple production tracks, the crane design and overall height enables more lift density and reduces the need for driving versus a more traditional rubber-tired gantry (RTG) crane.
On Wednesday, October 3, the Pulaski Street entrance to the Corwith facility will be impacted due to scheduled crossing repairs. All traffic will be required to utilize the main Kedzie Street gate. The repair work is expected to be completed within 24 hours.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
Favorable operating conditions are expected across much of the BNSF network. Major maintenance activity will continue in some areas, including on our Ft. Worth Subdivision, which runs between Fort Worth and the Texas/Oklahoma border, as well as on the Seligman Subdivision, which runs between central Arizona and the Arizona/California border. Train delays through these locations are possible due to scheduled daily work windows.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending September 27:
Total trains held for the week decreased by more than 15 percent with an average of 116.4 trains held versus 137.9 trains held during the prior week.
Car velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was up by more than three percent at 208.6 MPD versus 202.1 MPD recorded the prior week.
Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was up by nearly six percent versus the prior week at 17.6 MPH.
Total volume was essentially unchanged from the prior week with 212,016 units moved in Week 38 (ending September 22) versus 212,124 units in Week 37 (ending September 15).
Terminal dwell increased by nearly two percent versus the prior week at 25.9 hours.
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.