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Congressional Delegation Meets with BNSF in Fargo

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With harvest right around the corner, the grain car shortage continues to be a hot button issue for farmers, elevator operators and the railroad. In fact, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe executive says much of the problem comes from the growth of multiple industries, including oil and agculture.

BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose says in five and half years, the in and out bound volume of North Dakota train usage has grown 144%. 

"So the big question is of course is if you're to tell me your state is going to grow another 144%, I would say we're in trouble," says Rose. 

"We are going to keep growing, we produce over a million barrels a day and we're probably going to go to at least 4 to 5 million," says Senator John Hoeven.  

Senator Hoeven said Thursday they want to address more than just the harvest issue; he wants to see infrastructure growth, including the addition of double tracks. BNSF says they have 1600 backlogged rail cars as of today, and they plan to get that below a thousand by next week.

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