Friday, September 08, 2017

BNSF: We’re back from Harvey

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BNSF employees inspect track using hi-rail vehicles Aug. 30 near Tomball, Tex., as part of work to restore service after Hurricane Harvey. BNSF employees inspect track using hi-rail vehicles Aug. 30 near Tomball, Tex., as part of work to restore service after Hurricane Harvey. BNSF

As railroads in the Southeast brace for Hurricane Irma’s projected landfall Sept. 11 on the east coast of Florida, BNSF Railway reports that its operations in southeastern Texas are back to normal, with residual delays.

BNSF has restored service on all of subdivisions impacted by Harvey in southeastern Texas. Trains are moving on the entire Longview Subdivision and the Silsbee Subdivision, between Beaumont and Silsbee, Tex. The main line connecting Beaumont and locations in Louisiana is also open to traffic.

“While service has been restored on nearly all affected rail lines, track and signal work continues in some locations,” BNSF said. “Trains may experience delays during scheduled maintenance windows, and customers should expect extended transit times in the region until operations by BNSF and other rail carriers have fully normalized. We also continue to re-route some traffic around areas where service restoration efforts are ongoing, specifically locations along the Gulf Coast southwest of Houston.”

“We are focused on maintaining the highest possible safety in our operations during this recovery effort, which requires effective collaboration between BNSF and our customers to assess railcars and infrastructure that may have been damaged,” BNSF added. “We also ask that shippers communicate with receivers in the Gulf Coast region to ensure they are operational before sending shipments.”

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