Lower gas prices have had an added bonus in Minnesota beyond fatter wallets: Train traffic is leveling off, giving regulators space to refocus on safety issues, a state railroad official told lawmakers Wednesday. “That’s the good news. It gives us a little breathing space,” Dave Christianson, a rail planner for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, told a state House committee.
The Blue Line train service has been restored between the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America after a train went off the tracks over the weekend. Metro Transit says crews repaired the light rail line by 5 a.m. Monday, in time for the morning commute.
A Metro Transit Blue Line light rail train derailed in Bloomington, Minn. Saturday afternoon. Around 1 p.m. the middle car of a three car train came off the tracks near 30th Avenue between the 28th Avenue Station and Bloomington Central Station.
A freight train derailment in the Twin Cities metro has canceled Northstar commuter rail service between Big Lake and Ramsey.
Trains have traveled through this part of Minnesota for just under 150 years, and as the small town of Staples grew around their tracks, railroads were virtually the only source of jobs for decades. “Four hundred men used to work in these offices,” Tom Kajer, 75, head of the Staples Historical Society, said as he walked on the fiberglass- and plaster-littered floors of the original depot’s second story. “Now, zero do.”
A Canadian Pacific train derailed near Red Wing, Minn., Sunday morning, causing 19 rail cars to come off the tracks and two to tip over, a spokesperson for the company said.
Residents are being allowed to return to their homes in Eagle Lake after a freight train carrying ethanol derailed and forced the evacuation of about 300 people in the southern Minnesota town.
From the backyard of his Fridley home, on the banks of Locke Lake, Ken Schultz has a front row seat to a spectacle that features heavy cranes, crawlers and fast working track crews.
The Northstar rail service will resume operations on Tuesday, days after a freight train derailment stalled operations over the weekend.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is working Monday to clear a main track near Brainerd where 20 cars in a loaded coal train derailed.