BNSF Gives Intermodal Network Update After Flooding in East Texas

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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BNSF crews complete track remediation in Texas.
Courtesy of BNSF

FORT WORTH, Texas – BNSF gives an intermodal network update after flood-related track outages occurred in Texas.

After high water levels in the area, the Class I was able to re-route traffic in the Fort Worth subdivision between Temple, Texas and the Texas/Oklahoma border. Its teams were able to complete track repairs as the water levels decreased because it had “recovery equipment and materials pre-positioned.” The main track resumed service on Tuesday, the 7th. That same day, a derailment occurred in the subdivision near Clifton, located 39 miles northwest of Waco. The main track opened on the 9th, “but customers should expect lingering delays into next week as traffic normalizes.”

In the Conroe Subdivision north of Houston, some areas were out of service due to washouts. The main track near Navasota, 24 miles southeast of College Station, saw flooding. BNSF says restoration efforts are “ongoing, and there is currently no estimate for when the main track will be back in service.” As of reporting, flood warnings are still in effect for parts of East Texas, and BNSF says it will continue to operate a 24/7 command center to “help expedite the recovery process in Texas and BNSF crews continue to closely monitor and evaluate affected areas for additional track issues.”

BNSF states that its average car velocity is up 5% compared to the week prior, and it continues an upward trajectory since April. In addition, the terminal dwell has reportedly decreased from the week before. The timeliness in handling carload freight “has increased and is at 92 percent.” 

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