From: Charles Paidock cpaidock AT hotmail DOT com
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2014 03:59:50 -0500
Subject: Fracking Trains Cause Delay of Amtrak Trains for Hours Everyday
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From the New York and Chicago Railroad: http://www.nychicagorr.org/
Something to keep in mind if scheduling travel to the convention. CP
Link to complete article:http://www.nychicagorr.org/FrackvsAmtrak.html
BSNF PR spokesperson, Roxanne Butler, who sent an e-mail response denying that fracking shipments, per se, are causing the Empire Builder to run hours behind schedule:
"BNSF is spending nearly $1 billion this year adding track in the northern corridor because of all the increased business. A combination of seasonal weather conditions along with maintenance and new construction projects have combined to cause slowing trains, but ultimately BNSF expansion projects will pay off in more track capacity for both passenger and freight trains. BNSF is not delaying Amtrak trains in favor of freight trains. Freight trains have been significantly affected as well.
Please know that the information you heard about the crude oil trains being the cause of delays for Amtrak is false. Those trains have also been impacted by the growing pains."