Intermodal Network Update for Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Jul 3, 2024

With observance of the Independence Day holiday, this Network Update is being delivered two days earlier than scheduled.

Service performance is improving as train flows on the network continue to normalize following last week's record flooding in the Midwest. Thanks to the dedication of BNSF team members and contractors, the Marshall Subdivision, which runs across Iowa to/from the Twin Cities, was reopened this past Saturday and all impacted customers are now receiving service. Average car velocity has improved slightly and remains relatively steady with May. Terminal dwell is elevated from the previous week but improved from the last month. Our local service compliance measure has improved slightly and is above 90%. With this positive momentum, we remain focused on generating additional improvement in the coming weeks.

BNSF will continue to operate Intermodal trains over the Independence Day holiday. However, due to lighter volumes of traffic and possible train consolidations, we anticipate that shipments from Thursday, July 4 through noon on Saturday, July 6 may experience delays of up to 24 hours. Connecting carriers who have reduced operations for the holiday may cause delays on interline traffic.

Please see the attached matrix for hub hours during the holiday. As a reminder, BNSF will add a standard $150 credit for every unit that outgates on a BNSF storage holiday (as defined in BNSF’s Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide) from any BNSF-operated intermodal facility (Group 1 or 2). Find the Intermodal R&PG in the Rules and Publications section of our Customer Portal. Storage credits may be accessed and applied to any unit at any BNSF facility via the Intermodal Storage Tool on the BNSF Customer Portal.

Customer Support will maintain a limited staff on Independence Day. Regular coverage will resume on Friday, July 5.

Storm systems moving through the Midwest today will bring heavy rain, high winds and flash flooding before tapering off early Friday morning. Following the severe weather we experienced last week, increased track inspections are already taking place in the area, and BNSF teams are taking steps to protect the network in the event of a flood.

Excessive heat, with temperatures ranging from 105 to 115 degrees, will continue to impact much of the West, from California to parts of Texas, through the Independence Day holiday. BNSF is prepared to respond to any heat-related disruptions. We will continue to monitor the potential impact of Hurricane Beryl, which could make landfall along the Texas portion of the Gulf Coast early next week.

In other areas of our network, seasonable weather for early July is expected.

We thank you for your business and appreciate the opportunity to serve as your transportation service provider. We welcome your feedback and questions.