BNSF service performance remains solid while down from the very strong levels generated in May. During the past week, operating teams responded to some disruptions associated with frequent severe weather events in the central core of the BNSF network. We experienced a washout last night on our main line between Lincoln, Neb. and Kansas City, approximately 15 miles southeast of Lincoln. Several trains experienced delays due to the track outage, with some trains re-routed. Restoration work was completed this morning and the route has returned to service.
As the country continues to reopen and overall economic conditions improve, freight shipping needs in some business segments, particularly consumer goods, have increased in recent weeks. BNSF operating teams remain focused on matching resources, including locomotives and personnel, as efficiently as possible with train flows on the network.
New Direct Service Now Available
Earlier this month, BNSF introduced a new direct service option between the Pacific Northwest and northwest Ohio. This new container-only service originates shipments at BNSF’s South Seattle Intermodal Facility five days a week and provides customers access to some of the biggest industrial and consumer markets in and around northwest Ohio.
For specific schedule details, click here. The new service offering supports greater supply chain efficiency and is made possible as a result of BNSF’s continued focus on providing access to key markets and enhanced service capabilities for our customers.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
Favorable operating conditions are expected across much of the network during the upcoming week.
Track maintenance activity continues in multiple locations across the network. With scheduled daily work windows, our operating teams are ensuring that train operations are as efficient as possible between these windows and minimize any associated delays.