September 30, 2022
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Grain Car Backlog Status Reports

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) publicly filed weekly grain backlog status updates as required by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB). A summary of the reporting data specific to North Dakota from the last 10 weeks is below.

Following STB’s hearing on “Urgent Issues in Freight Rail Service” in April, BNSF Railway, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Railway, and Union Pacific submitted service recovery plans, explaining the specific actions they will take to improve service and identify the specific metrics they will use to evaluate their progress toward such improvements.

Starting June 3, the STB is requiring BNSF Railway, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Railway, and Union Pacific to file service progress reports further explaining efforts to correct service deficiencies. They will continue to file service progress reports every two weeks for six months. Starting June 15, the STB is also requiring all class I railroads to report additional employment data for six months.

Grain Car Backlog Status Report:

BNSF Total Grain Cars Loaded and Billed for All Ordering Systems Weekly Average Dwell Time at Origin (Measured in Hours) Running Total Number of Orders Placed Running Total Orders Filled Number of Unfilled Orders
Orders 1-10 Day Past Due Orders 11+ Days Past Due
09/03/2022 – 09/09/2022 2835 16.6 53 828 63 27
08/27/2022 –

09/02/2022

2871 13.5 99 977 70 44
08/20/2022 – 08/26/2022 1665 17.0 47 442 167 34
08/13/2022 – 08/19/2022 2633 15.7 211 992 132 24
08/06/2022 – 08/12/2022 1594 17.7 397 498 592 43
07/30/2022 – 08/05/2022 1589 25.1 40 467 311 207
07/23/2022 – 07/29/2022 2457 17.6 56 293 541 93
07/16/2022 –

07/22/2022

2007 24.9 282 444 220 78
07/09/2022 – 07/15/2022 1676 25.5 21 656 474 303
07/02/2022 – 07/08/2022 1286 42.7 186 369 277 752

CP Total Grain Cars Loaded and Billed for All Ordering Systems Weekly Average Dwell Time at Origin (Measured in Hours) Running Total Number of Orders Placed Running Total Orders Filled Number of Unfilled Orders
Orders 1-10 Day Past Due Orders 11+ Days Past Due
09/04/2022 – 09/10/2022 727 17.7 287 735 175 N/A
08/28/2022 – 09/03/2022 1024 12.3 225 965 25 N/A
08/21/2022 – 08/27/2022 983 7.4 268 728 N/A N/A
08/14/2022 – 08/20/2022 637 21.8 268 768 5 N/A
08/07/2022 – 08/13/2022 591 17.1 366 675 N/A N/A
07/31/2022 – 08/06/2022 869 26.1 312 790 50 N/A
07/24/2022 – 07/30/2022 556 13.8 293 699 27 N/A
07/17/2022 –

07/23/2022

787 13.4 244 610 N/A N/A
07/10/2022 – 07/16/2022 711 17.0 295 834 N/A N/A
07/03/2022 – 07/09/2022 404 8.6 287 357 N/A N/A

Click here to access the data.

Background:

In May, Senator Cramer led 20 colleagues in a letter urging the STB to ensure reliable, consistent rail service for American industries and shippers.

 

“We are very concerned over the significant rail service disruptions occurring throughout the U.S. freight rail network. Reports from rail customers, including our manufacturers, farmers, ranchers, and energy producers, indicate reliable rail service is not being provided in many situations,” wrote the senators. 

The letter also outlines concerns and issues raised by customers and labor organizations at STB’s April hearing on “Urgent Issues in Freight Rail Service” from agricultural producers and grain shippers unable to get empty railcars leading to significant delays in delivering commodities to energy producers forced to curtail production due consistently delayed arrival of railcars. Learn more here.

In March, Senator Cramer led colleagues in a letter calling on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of his cabinet to take action to prevent a Canadian Pacific railway strike. A strike would have significant market implications from agriculture to energy and exacerbate the Biden Administration’s supply chain crisis. Up to 15% of Canadian Pacific’s business is fertilizer shipping and the U.S. relies on the railway to move Alberta crude oil south to U.S. refineries. Learn more here.

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