September 1, 2014

NARP says oil shipments hurting passengers

A combination of bad weather and a large number of oil shipments has been severely delaying Amtrak riders in northern Plains states – and a rail passenger advocacy group is trying to do something about it.

It hasn’t been easy to be a rail passenger lately – especially if you’re traveling on Amtrak’s Empire Builder.

That’s according to the National Association of Railroad Passengers, which says the delays on the route – which runs from Chicago to Seattle and Portland, Oregon – have become unbearable for passengers.

The cause? Heavy freight volumes from the northern Plains states, largely oil shipments.

Read the complete story at Associations Now.