October 7, 2014 Detour Change for Amtrak Empire Builder

Marc Magliari

Amtrak Contact

312 544.5390

BNSF track improvements progressing in North Dakota

CHICAGO – Amtrak has reversed the direction of the temporary detour of Empire Builder trains in North Dakota due to progress being made by BNSF to add track capacity. The eastbound Empire Builder (Trains 8/28) is now operating over the detour route.

As a result of the change, Amtrak is using chartered buses to cover the missed stations in Rugby, Devils Lake and Grand Forks. In addition, BNSF rail traffic via Devils Lake will have a predominantly westward flow, including the westbound Empire Builder (Trains 7/27).

Amtrak is working with BNSF to restore Empire Builder reliability. BNSF is installing additional and lengthened passing sidings and adding double track on the route used by Amtrak trains. Once the track work is completed, Empire Builder on-time performance from St. Paul, Minn., to the west coast is expected to significantly improve.

A Passenger Service Notice is attached covering this issue through Jan. 12, 2015. The use of the detour will be reassessed before the December holidays.

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