The operation continues to focus on generating improved service performance as we manage strong volume and a high number of trains operating on the system. Overall velocity for all trains was steady versus the prior week while the number of total trains held remains at an elevated level. Total weekly volume moved by the railroad again exceeded the 200,000-unit level for the 19th out of 24 reporting weeks in 2018.
BNSF is always evaluating the most effective allocation of network resources to handle increased freight demands and deliver the service that our customers expect. With some holiday-related volume reductions expected during the first week of July, our operations teams will look for opportunities to improve velocity while preparing for robust post-holiday traffic flows.
Independence Day Holiday Operating Plan
Independence Day, July 4, operating plan will remain focused on meeting customers' expectations while matching operations to any reductions in traffic volumes. Trains will operate normally on Tuesday, July 3. We will minimize the number of yard, local and road-switch assignments at terminals on Wednesday, July 4, and resume normal operations at 6:30 a.m. local time on Thursday, July 5. Connecting carriers who have reduced operations for the holiday may cause delays on interline traffic. Customer Support will maintain a limited staff on Independence Day. Standard coverage will resume on Thursday, July 5.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
No significant service interruptions due to weather are expected at this time as much of the network will experience favorable operating conditions. Extreme heat will remain in the desert Southwest with high temperatures near 120 degrees in some areas. We are watching these conditions closely and will take appropriate actions as necessary to ensure safety.
During the upcoming week, major maintenance activity will continue in several locations across the network, particularly along our primary route between northwest Montana and western Washington. In our South Region, some trains may experience delays through central Oklahoma during nighttime work windows as rail replacement work continues on our Red Rock Subdivision.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending June 21:
Total trains held for the week increased by more than 13 percent with an average of 128.4 trains held versus 113.6 trains held during the prior week.
Versus the June 2017 average: up by 73.8%
Total trains on the system was essentially unchanged versus the prior week with an average of 1,594 trains on the system.
Versus the June 2017 average: up by 10.6%
Car velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was down by more than two percent at 203.6 MPD versus 208.6 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the June 2017 average: down by 3.7%
Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was essentially unchanged versus the prior week at 17.1 MPH.
Versus the June 2017 average: down by 6.4%
Total volume was down by nearly one percent from the prior week with 209,236 units moved in Week 24 (ending June 16) versus 211,065 units in Week 23 (ending June 9).
Terminal dwell was up by more than two percent versus the prior week at 26.4 hours.
Versus the June 2017 average: up by 0.7%
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