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30 January 2019

**Update**IPI Service Alert

Date: January 30, 2019

To: All Our Valuable Customers

Re: IPI Service Alert Update

Extreme arctic cold has arrived in the Midwest, creating dangerous cold wind chills and temperatures dropping to their lowest levels in more than two decades. The Northeast will also see these bitter cold temperatures late this week (The Weather Channel).

Update from BNSF Railroad:

  • “Arctic cold across the northern Plains and upper Midwest has caused significant operational challenges for train and hub operations in the region. All-time records have been broken in many locations, including Chicago, with air temperatures nearly 30 below zero and wind chills around 50 below zero.”
  • “The harsh conditions have resulted in multiple trains stopped due to broken rails as well as air flow issues involving trains’ braking systems despite the implementation of length restrictions and distributed locomotive power. Key subdivisions on our Twin Cities and Chicago Divisions currently have several disabled trains with no alternate routes available. We are also experiencing reduced productivity at terminals in the region due to multiple switch and air flow issues across rail yards.”
  • In response, BNSF is taking the following specific steps, which includes recommendations for customers, drayage and haulaway carriers that will help to speed up recovery:”
  • "Most gate restrictions at these intermodal facilities will go into effect at midnight tonight. When implemented, gate restrictions are intended to ensure inventory balance at a facility and guard against a surge of in-gate volumes that would impede the ability to unload backlogged inbound volume. BNSF will adjust and remove these restrictions as soon as possible.”
  • “The severe cold will linger for the next 24-36 hours with some snow likely in the region, particularly the Chicago area, on Thursday night. Weather conditions will begin to improve on Friday along with a major warm up this weekend.”

Update from Union Pacific Railroad:

  • As a result of severe cold in the Midwest with rail shipments moving through this area, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, can expect delays between 48 and 72 hours beginning today and through the weekend. Additional resources have been deployed to mitigate the impacts of the cold weather, and we are diverting trains away from the Chicago interchange to other interchange points where possible.”

Imperial will continue to provide you with additional information as it become available. The next update to this service advisory will be provided

Please feel free to contact us for any question or concern.