September 23, 2014 Amtrak Empire Builder Detours Continue Due to BNSF Railway Track Work in North Dakota

Marc Magliari

Amtrak Contact

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Chartered buses represent westbound train in three cities

CHICAGO – Amtrak will continue to temporarily detour the westbound Empire Builder (Train 7/27) in North Dakota due to ongoing BNSF Railway construction work. Chartered buses cover the missed Amtrak stations in Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby.

The use of the detour route will be reassessed before the December holidays.

First announced in May, this use of an alternate route for the westbound Empire Builder enables Amtrak to avoid some of the BNSF construction-related delays. The eastbound Empire Builder (Train 8/28) operates normally and serves all scheduled stops. A Passenger Service Notice is attached covering this issue and slight schedule adjustments through Jan. 12, 2015.

Amtrak continues to work cooperatively with BNSF on the need to address the operational and maintenance issues that impede Amtrak trains on this line in order to restore Empire Builder reliability.

BNSF improvements on the line used by Amtrak, such as additional and lengthened passing sidings and added double track, are part of the nearly $400 million BNSF is investing in its infrastructure in the state. Once completed, the on-time performance of Amtrak trains from St. Paul, Minn., to the west coast is expected to significantly improve.

Current on-time performance data is available on, including responsibility for each element of delay. This information is also presented to passengers when booking travel on the website and is available elsewhere from Amtrak.

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