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Amtrak stretches Empire Builder schedule in response to BNSF congestion

(Source: Railway Age, March 27, 2014)

NEW YORK -- In recent months, the ontime performance of Amtrak’s Empire Builder has been severely impacted by heavy freight train congestion on host railroad BNSF Railway’s Northern Corridor. A near-exponential spike in crude oil traffic, with loaded trains originating in North Dakota’s Bakken region, is causing a significant portion of the congestion. To help deal with this situation until BNSF is able to improve capacity, Amtrak Empire Builder trains will operate on a modified schedule, starting April 15, with most of the change affecting operation between St. Paul, Minn., and Portland, Ore., or Seattle.

Full story: Railway Age

Friday, March 28, 2014

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