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Railroad traffic through cities required to reduce speed

Minnesota residents have likely heard and read about the increased rail traffic in the Twin Cities. This recent boom in oil production is from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, and oil companies have had to resort to transporting the oil to refineries via railroad. Once the oil is pumped and collected, it is transported for further processing to refineries that are located on the East and West Coasts, as well as the Gulf of Mexico.

Understanding crude oil transport in MN

Transporting crude oil by rail is not a new phenomenon. It has, however, increased markedly due to the ever-increasing rate of oil production in recent years, which has summarily outpaced the capacity of the existing pipeline infrastructure. The only other feasible alternative is to transport the excess oil by rail.

Fatigued train operator causes accident resulting in injuries

Minnesota residents who are eagerly anticipating the new light rail track expansion should be interested to know that a light rail crash that occurred a year ago at the O'Hare International Airport train station was determined to be caused by a fatigued train operator.

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