BNSF continues to make progress in generating improved service performance through the final days of July. As we reported, the last remaining subdivision impacted by the major flooding that began in March, the Napier Subdivision between Pacific Junction, Iowa and Napier, Missouri, reopened last weekend. With all main lines on the railroad in service, our operations teams remain focused on matching resources, including crews and locomotives, most effectively with train flows across the entirety of our network.
Overall velocity for cars and trains were each steady with levels from the prior week, with both higher than the average levels in June. The average number of trains held is down nearly 20 percent from June and is now slightly better than the July 2018 average. For the second consecutive week and the eighth week in 2019, total weekly volume on the railroad surpassed the robust 200,000-unit level.
With heavy traffic on some key corridors, we are addressing congestion at several rail yards on the network, particularly terminals in Kansas City, Lincoln, Galesburg and Minneapolis. BNSF operations teams are evaluating plans and taking actions as necessary to reduce dwell times and improve traffic flows into and out of these facilities.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
No significant service interruptions due to weather are expected during the upcoming week.
Major maintenance work continues across multiple areas of the BNSF network, including on our Galveston Subdivision running between Temple and Galveston in southeastern Texas as well as the Front Range Subdivision north of Denver. Some trains may experience delays due to scheduled daily work windows in several locations.
Below is a look at the key operational performance categories for the week ending July 25:
Total trains held for the week decreased by nearly three percent with an average of 117.9 trains held versus 121.3 trains held during the prior week.
Versus the June 2019 average: down by 17.5%
Versus the July 2018 average: down by 1.3%
Total trains on the system increased by more than one percent versus the prior week with an average of 1,563 trains on the system.
Versus the June 2019 average: up by 0.7%
Versus the July 2018 average: down by 1.1%
Car velocity, measured in miles per day (MPD), was essentially unchanged at 197.6 MPD versus 197.2 MPD recorded the prior week.
Versus the June 2019 average: up by 2.1%
Versus the July 2018 average: down by 4.3%
Train velocity, measured in miles per hour (MPH), was essentially unchanged versus the prior week at 16.2 MPH.
Versus the June 2019 average: up by 3.3%
Versus the July 2018 average: down by 5.7%
Total volume decreased by less than one percent from the prior week with 203,038 units moved in Week 29 (ending July 20) versus 203,786 units in Week 28 (ending July 13).
Terminal dwell was essentially unchanged versus the prior week at 26.2 hours.
Versus the June 2019 average: down by 1.1%
Versus the July 2018 average: up by 0.4%
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