MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In the last few years, rail road traffic through the Twin Cities has reached an all-time high. With the increased traffic there’s also been an increase in derailments, like the one we saw earlier this month in Ontario Canada. However it’s not the derailments that have many concerned, it’s what those trains are carrying — crude oil.
“We have an ongoing situation of course, where the railroads are highly congested right now with all types of freight,” Dave Christianson, senior planner for Minnesota’s rail and freight lines, said.
Christianson says on a daily basis 120 trains pass through some of Minnesota’s most populated areas, like north Minneapolis, the Como neighborhood and east St. Paul. It’s not the exactly the high traffic causing concern, it’s the cargo.
“Part of that is crude oil coming from Bakken [North Dakota] through the Twin Cities,” Christianson said.