Amtrak: 2nd Daily St. Paul-To-Chicago Train Could Be PopularA new Amtrak study says adding a second round-trip between St. Paul and Chicago could prove to be popular. The Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation as well as La Crosse County in Wisconsin asked Amtrak to conduct the study.
Good Question: How Are Our Goods Shipped Over The Country?Late Tuesday night, the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam will be closed for good. It's an attempt to stop invasive Asian carp from getting into Minnesota's lakes.
1 Dead As Train Strikes Car In MoorheadOne person has been killed in Moorhead after a train struck a vehicle on the tracks. Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist says a BNSF Railway train hit a car in south Moorhead at about 9 a.m. Saturday. The southbound train dragged the vehicle about a third of a mile before stopping.
Wooden Railroad Bridge Burns And Collapses In Koochiching Co.A wooden railroad bridge near Minnesota's northern border has burned and collapsed, shutting a busy train route that connects the Pacific Coast with Chicago. The bridge in Koochiching County belongs to Canadian National Railway. It carried more than 20 trains over the Rat Root River daily until it collapsed early Wednesday.
NTSB Releases Recommendations For Oil Train SafetyThe National Transportation Safety Board is out with some new recommendations to help prevent explosive oil train wrecks. They include retrofitting train cars with protective systems better able to withstand fire, and relief valves that can prevent pressure from building inside the tank cars.
Lawmakers Point To Accidents To Make Case For Rail UpgradesDemocratic lawmakers say a string of recent explosive crude-by-rail derailments nationwide make it necessary to improve Minnesota's railroad network. Five trains hauling crude oil have derailed since February. Sen. Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat, says it's "sheer dumb luck" no similar accidents have happened in Minnesota. Seven or more trains haul North Dakota crude across the state daily.
Fuel-Hauling Trains Could Derail At 10 A YearThe federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S.
All Aboard At The Minnesota Transportation MuseumIt's 'all aboard' at the Minnesota Transportation Museum! Located right downtown St. Paul, the Minnesota Transportation Museum is one of the most underrated museum in the area.
Gov. Holds Roundtable Over Rail Safety ConcernsSeveral Minnesota cities are voicing safety concerns as more trains roll through Minnesota. Railway traffic in the Twin Cities has increased 40 percent in the last two years on tracks owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
Dayton: Pipelines Part Of Solution To Rail BacklogGov. Mark Dayton says more oil pipelines are part of the solution to a rail backlog that has clogged agricultural shipments across Minnesota.
Lawmakers Call Congested Freight Rails A 'Growing Crisis'Minnesota lawmakers are turning up the heat on the state’s major railroads to do something to alleviate congestion that's costing the state millions of dollars.
Travel By Train For Your Next VacationTo get better acquainted with Amtrak, the nation’s railroad service, here’s a simple yet very helpful guide to understanding how get onboard a passenger train.