BNSF operating teams continue to generate solid and consistent service performance. While down slightly versus the prior week, car velocity remains strong and close to the average for May, which was our highest monthly level since January 2018. Terminal dwell was essentially unchanged and holding close to the lowest weekly levels we have reported during the past several years. With the Memorial Day holiday included, total volume moved by the railroad was down versus the previous reporting week.
As the gradual reopening of the economy continues, BNSF is well-positioned to handle any surges in shipping needs. We have the resources in place, including locomotives and railcars, to meet higher shipment levels and to support changing supply chains. Please continue to keep us updated on your business so that we can deploy resources as effectively as possible.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
BNSF is monitoring Tropical Storm Cristobal as it moves north through the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. Cristobal is likely to impact areas of the Gulf Coast, particularly Louisiana, with high winds and heavy rainfall by early next week. We will keep affected customers informed of any significant service disruptions.
Track maintenance activity remains ongoing across the network. With scheduled daily work windows in multiple locations, our operating teams are ensuring that train operations are as efficient as possible between these windows and minimizing any associated delays.