The operation generated solid performance this week as volume and traffic flows have returned to normal levels following the Thanksgiving holiday. Average velocity for both cars and trains were up versus the prior week. The number of total trains holding increased briefly due to Thanksgiving, however, it has been reduced consistently this week and is currently below the average level from the previous November.
As we begin the month of December, we have experienced improved fluidity and velocity along much of the network in the past few weeks. Along with the efforts by our BNSF operations teams, reduced peak maintenance activity and the lack of any major severe weather outbreaks have supported a favorable environment for greater efficiency and reduced dwell. We are also nearing completion on two more capital projects in the Pacific Northwest that will provide additional capacity on our Fallbridge Subdivision, between Vancouver and Pasco, Washington, and on our Bellingham Subdivision that runs south from the U.S.-Canadian border later this month. In these final weeks of 2017, BNSF remains focused on delivering additional performance improvements to our customers.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
Favorable operating conditions are anticipated across much of the network during the upcoming week, including drier weather expected in the Pacific Northwest.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending November 30:
Total trains held for the week increased by more than three percent with an average 96.9 trains held versus 93.9 trains held during the prior week.
Versus the November 2016 average: up by 60.4%
Total trains on the system decreased by more than four percent versus the prior week with an average of 1,432 trains on the system.
Versus the November 2016 average: unchanged
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 281.7, which is essentially unchanged from the 282.4 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the November 2016 average: down by 7.0%
Car velocity was up by more than two percent at 232.2 MPD versus 227.6 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the November 2016 average: up by 0.5%
Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was up by more than one percent versus the prior week at 19.7 MPH.
Versus the November 2016 average: up by 0.1%
Total volume was down by nearly 14 percent from the prior week with 181,826 units moved in Week 47 (ending November 25, which includes the Thanksgiving holiday) versus 211,148 units in Week 46 (ending November 18).
Terminal dwell increased by more than one percent versus the prior week at 24.1 hours.
Versus the November 2016 average: down by 2.8%
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