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April 6, 2014
Minot Daily News

ALL ABOARD Amtrak officials announced this past week that they are changing the schedule for its Empire Builder passenger train, which runs daily between Chicago, Seattle, and Portland, Ore. The Empire Building, which stops in several North Dakota cities, including Minot, has been consistently running late because in large part overcrowding issues on the line. An increase in the number of trains carrying oil from western North Dakota's Bakken region have contributed to the delays, as have freight derailments. But the largest impact on Amtrak's schedule has been the congestion caused by the number of oil trains also using the tracks. Eastbound trains from Seattle and Portland will now depart three hours earlier, at 1:40 p.m., beginning April 15. Westbound trains will run more than an hour later than they normally do, officials said. Obviously, the changes will impact every stop along the route, including Minot and Rugby. Amtrak officials hope to return to the normal schedules in June. We're guessing passenger will adjust to the temporary schedule, but it's just another impact of the growing oil business in North?Dakota.



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