DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (KFGO-AM) - Nobody is more pleased than Mayor Dick Johnson that BNSF Railway has agreed to hold off on a plan to increase speeds for trains going the Devils Lake. Friday, BNSF planned to double the 30 mph limit on a one-and-a-half mile long section of upgraded track.
Johnson, worried about safety, called on North Dakota's congressional delegation to intervene. Senator John Hoeven met with railroad CEO Matt Rose and Rose agreed to hold off on the change. Johnson says he'll meet with Rose next week in Bismarck to try work out a compromise. He says a reduction in train speeds along with some safety fencing at crossings would be acceptable.
Federal regulations allow trains to travel through town at 60 mph and Amtrak at 80 mph so Johnson says anything less would be good news for Devils Lake.