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North America Rail Operations: Expect Rail Transit Delays / Another Winter Storm Approaching US Midwest
After a brief break from the harsh winter weather, another winter storm is expected in the US Midwest and Northeast later this week and through the weekend. Low temperatures and heavy snowfall are expected. North American rail carriers continue to deploy additional crews, locomotives and railcars to support their rail networks. Customers should continue to expect rail transit delays for the next ten days. A full recovery of “normal” rail operations will take time as the weather slowly improves.
BNSF has implemented Winter Action Plans reducing train lengths and restricting train speeds to combat below zero temperatures, heavy snowfall in the PNW-Midwest corridor and high winds in Southern California (excess of 50 mph). Low temperatures in the Chicago-area are expected to delay rail interchange operations between BNSF and NSRR/CSX.
Vancouver Truck Driver Disruption
The best information we have on the Vancouver trucker disruption is attached. Please see the press release from Port Metro Vancouver. The driver disruption may cause additional congestion at Deltaport, but the impact will be more on delaying local cargo pick-up and delivery by truck than rail operations.
CN evacuated two import intermodal trains yesterday (960 TEU); is projected to evacuate 1,530 TEU (3 trains) today; and another 1,530 TEU (3 trains) Friday. CN has adequate cars on hand and enroute to evacuate the current on-ground backlog.
Southern California on-dock and off-dock rail operations continue to be congested due to high import rail volume and shortages of locomotive power. BNSF currently has eight import intermodal trains loaded and waiting for locomotive power. Transit delays are expected to be up to 48 hours.
The Tacoma/Seattle – Midwest corridor continues to be challenging for BNSF due to winter weather delays. This traffic lane remains out of balance, with rail transit delays up to 48 hours. BNSF has four import intermodal trains holding on this route due to locomotive power and crew shortages.
Rail shipments are expected to incur 24 hour transit delays for the next several days as Midwest rail terminals, including Logistics Park Chicago (LPC), Memphis and Houston remain congested. Truck power continues to be very tight especially in Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Minneapolis and the Ohio Valley area, slowing the pick-up of arriving import shipments. Rail interchange operations are expected to be delayed.
CN Harvey, IL Rail Terminal
The CN Harvey in-gate situation continues to be dynamic, changing frequently throughout the week and even throughout the day. Early Wednesday morning (0900), several motor carriers reported turn times of less than 40 minutes, the yard was clear, no congestion; however, by 2:30 pm, turn times had increased and there were delays at the out-gate. Please encourage drayman to in-gate during non-peak days (weekends) and non-peak times (before 0900 / after 1800).
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PMV Media Statement Feb 27.pdf