BNSF is terminating our California permit embargo on Sunday, September 4. As anticipated, our weekly number of permits continued to increase throughout the temporary embargo. Also, as anticipated, the temporary permit embargo enabled BNSF to significantly reduce backlogs and drive greater efficiencies for trains moving both towards and in California, and throughout our network.
This embargo was one of several actions to improve network fluidity in Southern California. As a result, we have seen decreased congestion and increased velocity as network conditions are improving. BNSF will continue working collaboratively with individual customers as necessary to manage traffic flows so that we can build on the positive momentum gained during the embargo. We appreciate your patience and collaboration, and we will continue to provide regular updates on our progress in generating improved service.
Customers can refer to our online form to submit permit requests for the final week, view the current list of commodities exempted from the embargo, and obtain additional information. As a reminder, this embargo does not cover intermodal shipments, managed through alternate means.
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. If you have questions, please contact your BNSF sales representative.