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Network Update for November 1, 2019

Operational Performance
The operation generated relatively steady overall performance this week with a few disruptions that negatively impacted service in some areas. BNSF teams were deployed to several locations in Arizona and New Mexico for necessary seasonal repairs as infrastructure adjusts to colder temperatures. While the work was being completed, speed restrictions were implemented through the affected locations and some trains experienced minor delays. We remain focused on driving greater velocity and efficiency on our Southern Transcon as resources, including crews, are more effectively matched with train flows.

BNSF operations teams also confronted multiple winter storms across portions of Wyoming and Colorado. Some locations along our Pikes Peak Subdivision south of Denver received nearly a foot of snow on Tuesday into Wednesday. With advance preparations and procedures in place, in accordance with our Powder River Division’s Winter Action Plan, train delays were minimized, and any service interruptions were quickly resolved.

Average velocity was down slightly for both cars and trains, however, each were improved versus the levels reported during the first half of the month. The number of total trains was essentially unchanged versus the previous week as well as versus the monthly average from last October. Total volume moved by the railroad during the prior reporting week rebounded above the robust 200,000-unit level.

New Certified Sites Announced
BNSF announced the addition of six new Certified Sites in the following locations this week: Becker Minn., Hayti, Mo., Holly Springs, Miss., Surprise, Ariz., Wilmington, Ill., and Yorkville, Ill. The newly-designated Certified Sites feature hundreds of acres ready for industrial development. Each of these rail-served industrial locations has gone through a rigorous evaluation, including environmental standards, available utilities, and existing and projected infrastructure. By locating a business at a BNSF Certified Site, customers can save months in getting a facility up and running. For more information and details on all 24 BNSF Certified Sites, please visit

Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
No major storms are anticipated to impact the BNSF network as we move into November. Some occasional winter weather is expected across the Northern Plains during the upcoming week, but most areas will experience favorable operating conditions for this time of year.

While the season for peak maintenance activity on the network has ended, several ongoing maintenance projects continue in various locations. Multi-week rail replacement taking place on our Ft. Worth Sub in Texas may cause some train delays during daily work windows.

Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending October 31:

Total trains held for the week increased by nearly four percent with an average of 120.6 trains held versus 116.4 trains held during the prior week.

    Versus the September 2019 average: up by 29.2%
    Versus the October 2018 average: down by 1.2%

Total trains on the system increased by more than one percent versus the prior week with an average of 1,549 trains on the system.
    Versus the September 2019 average: up by 2.2%
    Versus the October 2018 average: down by 4.5%

Car velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was down by more than two percent at 200.4 MPD versus 205.2 MPD recorded the prior week.
    Versus the September 2019 average: down by 3.7%
    Versus the October 2018 average: down by 2.4%

Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was down by nearly two percent versus the prior week at 16.4 MPH.
    Versus the September 2019 average: down by 5.5%
    Versus the October 2018 average: down by 3.8%

Total volume increased by more than four percent from the prior week with 201,717 units moved in Week 43 (ending October 26) versus 193,358 units in Week 42 (ending October 19).

Terminal dwell increased by more than two percent versus the prior week at 25.2 hours.
    Versus the September 2019 average: up by 0.9%
    Versus the October 2018 average: down by 3.8%

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