Agricultural Products Network Update for Friday, December 18, 2020

Date
Dec 18, 2020

With the upcoming Christmas and New Year's holidays, this is our last Network Update in 2020. Our next bi-weekly Network Update will be delivered on January 8, 2021. We wish all our customers a very safe and happy holiday season.

Operational Performance
BNSF teams are focused on maintaining good fluidity through our busy Transcon corridors. Total volume on the network remains strong, exceeding 210,000 units for the second week in a row; the previous week was our highest weekly level recorded since December 2018. While overall car velocity, terminal dwell and our local service compliance measure declined from the prior week, all three performance measures improved versus last month’s average levels.

Christmas and New Year’s Operating Plan
This year, BNSF will observe the Christmas holiday on Thursday, December 24, and Friday, December 25, and the New Year’s holiday on Thursday, December 31, and Friday, January 1, 2021. The BNSF shuttle holidays will be 6 a.m. Thursday, December 24, through 6 a.m. Saturday, December 26, and 6 a.m. Thursday, December 31, through 6 a.m. Saturday, January 2, 2021.

Christmas Holiday
Empty Shuttles
Customers with empty trains arriving at the loading facility after 6 a.m. Thursday, December 24, may elect to move their official spot time to 6 a.m. Saturday, December 26. During this time frame, trains may be loaded if desired.

Loaded Shuttles
Customers with loaded trains arriving at an unload facility after 6 a.m. Thursday, December 24, may elect to move their official spot time to 6 a.m. Saturday, December 26. During this time frame, trains may be unloaded if desired.

New Year’s Holiday
Empty Shuttles
Customers with empty trains arriving at the loading facility after 6 a.m. Thursday, December 31, may elect to move their official spot time to 6 a.m. Saturday, January 2. During this time frame, trains may be loaded if desired.

Loaded Shuttles
Customers with loaded trains arriving at an unload facility after 6 a.m. Thursday, December 31, may elect to move their official spot time to 6 a.m. Saturday, January 2. During this time frame, trains may be unloaded if desired.

Whether empty or loaded, customers who elect to move their spot time must contact BNSF Grain Operations at least eight hours in advance and advise of their intentions for train, power and crew planning purposes.

There are no allowances beyond the time frames specified. Origination Efficiency Payment (OEP) or Destination Efficiency Payment (DEP) will be lost if customer(s) elect to operate outside of these allowances.

Carload train service will not be curtailed due to the holidays; however, BNSF plans to minimize the number of yard, local and road-switch assignments at terminals during the holidays consistent with customer activity and volume demand. Connecting carriers who have reduced operations may cause delays on interline traffic.

Customer Support and Grain Operations will maintain a limited staff on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve until 6 p.m. CT. Normal coverage will resume on the Saturday following each holiday.

Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
An active weather pattern in the Pacific Northwest will continue to bring periods of rain and significant mountain snowfall in some locations during the next several days. As always, BNSF teams are monitoring conditions and are ready to quickly respond to any service disruptions.

For much of the BNSF network, favorable operating conditions are expected during the upcoming Christmas week with no major winter storms currently in the forecast.