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Devils Lake officials oppose higher train speeds

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) -- Mayor Dennis Johnson says Devils Lake is opposed to a proposal by BNSF Railway to allow increased train speeds on a section of track in the city.

Johnson says BNSF is planning to double the current 30 mph limit on a nearly mile-and-a-half-long section of track, starting next month. The mayor says the city believes that will create a safety risk.

BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth says the section of track is rated for the higher speed. And she says it doesn't necessarily mean that all trains will be traveling that fast.

McBeth says the railroad is always looking for ways to improve the efficiency of its trains.

The City Commission plans a special meeting on Monday with railroad officials.

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