Early this week there were reports that bids for shuttle cars in the secondary freight market were $3,000 per car and offers were at $4,000 per car as rail service has been a mess for shippers and end users. According to the weekly USDA Grain Transportation Report, the BNSF did improve service during the first few weeks of November by placing additional locomotives and cars on line and also adding more crews. However, service began to slow in December as scheduled track maintenance and poor weather across the Northern Plains reduced train velocity and sent the secondary freight market back to historic levels. USDA said during the week ended December 5, the average bid/offer for shuttle cars in the secondary market were $1,562.50 above tariff. This is $900.00 higher than last week and $1,731.50 higher than this same time last year. USDA stated, "The shuttle average reflects the highest bid on record of $2,825 per car for service on BNSF Railway. This follows the previous record high of $2,517 for BNSF shuttle service just five weeks ago, during the week ending October 31."