Note: With the upcoming Christmas and New Year's holidays, this is our last network update in 2017. We will continue to update customers throughout the holidays on significant service interruptions or severe winter weather that impacts normal operating conditions. Our next bi-weekly network update will be delivered on January 5, 2018. We wish all of our customers a very safe and happy holiday season.
The operation maintained strong performance this week with good fluidity reported across the network. Average velocity for both cars and trains was down slightly, however, this follows the prior week where each recorded their highest levels of the year to-date. Terminal dwell and the number of trains holding each continue to run significantly below averages from the previous December. Total volume remains robust as BNSF moved more than 200,000 units for the 20th week this year. BNSF also set an all-time record for volume in a single week, with nearly 220,000 units moved during the prior week, November 26 - December 2.
With the new year approaching, BNSF engineering teams are finalizing the details of our 2018 capital plan. As always, the priority is on maintaining the network in optimal condition to support safe operations and efficient train movements. More than $22 billion in capital investments have been made on the BNSF network in the past five years, which includes network maintenance, capacity expansion, equipment and technological improvements. We look forward to sharing the details of our plan early next year.
Christmas and New Year's Operating Plan
During the upcoming Christmas and New Year's holiday period, coal trains - both loaded and empty - will continue to operate according to normal schedules.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
Favorable operating conditions are expected during the next several days. While winter officially begins next Thursday, locations throughout the BNSF network will continue to experience relatively mild, dry weather for late December.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending December 14:
Total trains held for the week increased by nearly 68 percent with an average 70.3 trains held versus 41.9 trains held during the prior week.
Versus the December 2016 average: down by 27.2%
Total trains on the system increased by nearly one percent versus the prior week with an average of 1,512 trains on the system.
Versus the December 2016 average: up by 8.9%
Locomotive velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was 294.0, which is essentially unchanged from the 294.4 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the December 2016 average: up by 0.5%
Car velocity was down by more than two percent at 235.0 MPD versus 240.8 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the December 2016 average: up by 9.4%
Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was down by nearly two percent versus the prior week at 19.7 MPH.
Versus the December 2016 average: up by 4.9%
Total volume was down by more than three percent from the prior week with 212,680 units moved in Week 49 (ending December 9) versus 219,563 units in Week 48 (ending December 2).
Terminal dwell increased by nearly four percent versus the prior week at 23.4 hours.
Versus the December 2016 average: down by 11.9%
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.