BNSF Promises Action on Empire Builder Route

BNSF officials told North Dakota’s congressional delegation that the railroad is committed to adding more crews and equipment to address congestion that is delaying its freight and Amtrak’s Empire Builder.

An oil boom combined with a harsh winter has caused delays of hours for he Builder. BNSF promised to add 5,000 crewmembers system wide, with 250 temporary workers in North Dakota.

Also, BNSF will send 5,000 rail cars and 125 locomotives to the area within the next few weeks.

The railroad committed to end the directional running of the Empire Builder in North Dakota by month’s end, which forced westbound passengers onto buses for Devils Lake, Grand Forks and Rugby.

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