BNSF opens $35M railcar service facility in ND
MINOT, N.D.—BNSF Railway has opened a $35 million railcar service facility in Minot, N.D.
The facility was built in part to accommodate the needs of increased rail traffic from crude oil loading sites in western North Dakota's booming oil patch. Gov. Jack Dalrymple says dependable rail service also is critical to the state's farmers.
BNSF Executive Vice President Roger Nober says the railroad has hired 150 people in Minot in the past two years. About 330 BNSF employees now work in Minot and spokeswoman Amy McBeth says more hires are expected this year.
The facility includes two inspection tracks that BNSF says will enable rail workers to inspect more trains.