BNSF: Blame the weather, not oil trains, for Northstar's delays

  • Article by: Tim Harlow , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 27, 2014 - 8:49 PM

The cold, not oil train traffic, is to blame, a railroad official says. Legislators vow to keep an eye on the situation on the commuter line.

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sacksadFeb. 27, 14 2:46 PM

Throw another $$Billion into the hole and see if that will fix it.

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RandonFeb. 27, 14 2:59 PM

rail roads are above the law. time to change that.

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mn2niceFeb. 27, 14 3:16 PM

The problems of this type will continue as long as Northstar runs on BNSF track. Whether it is the weather or broken equipment, BNSF's operations will be the main reason for delays with Northstar. The only way to fix that is to put in new tracks (one for each direction of travel) dedicated solely to Northstar. That track should also have no at-grade crossings and be grade-separated. That will allow Northstar to run on its own schedule and BNSF can have all the delays or weather-related issues and Northstar will be on-time. Whether this happens again this or next winter or not, it should still operate on its own tracks.

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isogstreetFeb. 27, 14 3:22 PM

Because trains don't run in bad weather. Sure.

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texas_technomanFeb. 27, 14 3:30 PM

@Randon-Railroads are the only commercial transportation mode that doesn't rely on taxpayer dollars and politicians to build and maintain their infrastructure. They are one of the highest employers of our returning vet's. If you want to know what companies are above the law, look at the two out east that are dumping poison in rivers.....

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ruphinaFeb. 27, 14 3:46 PM

More sidings, route more oil trains through at night, add a track that skirts the Twin Cities for trains heading on to the east. Bill G.

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smeeagain2Feb. 27, 14 4:27 PM

The reporter failed to report the glaring question--What percentage of freight trains were delayed compared to the percentage of Northstar traffic?

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overlandFeb. 27, 14 4:48 PM

Per Amtrak site: Primary Cause of Delays January 2014 Train Interference: 54.8%, 100.0% on BNSF Railway Company. Track and Signals: 20.3%, 100.0% on BNSF Railway Company. Passenger: 10.5%, 100.0% on BNSF Railway Company. BNSF is supposedly putting $5 billion into maintenance and upgrades, i.e., sidings, signals, etc., and $1 billion in North Dakota alone.

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yeahklyeFeb. 27, 14 5:26 PM

what is the comparison of bnsf trains delayed over the past 2 months vs the number of northstar trains delayed over the same period?

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supervon2Feb. 27, 14 5:29 PM

Now if we were truly green it would have been cheaper to pay all those people to move downtown to their work than transport them for the rest of their working lives. Remember, downtown is the place to raise your family!

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