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BNSF not backing down in Devils Lake train dispute

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) -- BNSF Railway still plans to allow faster train speeds on a section of track in Devils Lake, after hearing the concerns of city officials who worry about safety.

BNSF is planning to double the current 30 mph limit on a nearly 1 1/2-mile-long section of upgraded track.  The change is to take place Friday.

Railroad spokeswoman Amy McBeth says the section of track is rated for the higher speed and that the change doesn't necessarily mean that all trains will be moving at 60 mph.

Mayor Dick Johnson says the increased speed isn't acceptable. He says if BNSF goes ahead with the change, the city will seek help from the governor's office and the state's congressional delegation.