BNSF teams are focused on maintaining good fluidity through our busy Transcon corridors. Total volume on the network remains strong, exceeding 210,000 units for the second week in a row; the previous week was our highest weekly level recorded since December 2018. While overall car velocity, terminal dwell and our local service compliance measure declined from the prior week, all three performance measures improved versus last month’s average levels.
Christmas and New Year's Operating Plan
BNSF’s Carload Christmas and New Year’s operating plan will remain focused on meeting customers’ expectations while matching operations to any reductions in traffic volumes. This year, BNSF will observe the Christmas holiday on Thursday, December 24, and Friday, December 25, and the New Year’s holiday on Thursday, December 31, and Friday, January 1, 2021.
Train service will not be curtailed due to the holidays; however, BNSF plans to minimize the number of yard, local and road-switch assignments at terminals during the holidays consistent with customer activity and volume demand. Connecting carriers who have reduced operations may cause delays on interline traffic.
Service Expectations for the Week Ahead
An active weather pattern in the Pacific Northwest will continue to bring periods of rain and significant mountain snowfall in some locations during the next several days. As always, BNSF teams are monitoring conditions and are ready to quickly respond to any service disruptions.
For much of the BNSF network, favorable operating conditions are expected during the upcoming Christmas week with no major winter storms currently in the forecast.