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Published January 21, 2010, 02:48 PM

Amtrak Service Will Not Be Suspended

Despite rumors, Amtrak will not be suspending service to Grand Forks, Devils Lake, and Rugby.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

Despite rumors, Amtrak will not be suspending service to Grand Forks, Devils Lake, and Rugby. North Dakota's Congressional Delegation met with officials from Amtrak and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway today, and service to those cities will continue.

David Lyle/LRSC Student: "I hate to see it go because it is convenient to go down the street and hop on the train."

David Lyle's heard the rumors about Amtrak possibly suspending service to Grand Forks, Devils Lake, and Rugby. For some students at Lake Region State College, losing the train would make travel more difficult.

Leonie De Jonge/LRSC Student: "I'd have to take the airplane and that's really so much more expensive than the train."

David Lyle: "It'd kind of be a detriment. To be honest I prefer going Amtrak as much as I can."

This Amtrak station is a big draw, not only for students but for tourism. Tourism could drop up to 25 percent in the wintertime without it.

Suzie Baisch/Devils Lake Tourism Director: "We'd probably see a little bit of a decline in the summertime but when we would see the most of the decline would be in the wintertime."

The train is especially popular at this time of year because it means people can travel to Devils Lake without having to worry about driving in winter weather. That makes the train important for businesses who benefit from tourism.

Suzie Baisch: "In the hotels I think anywhere up to 25, 30 percent of them are taking the train out here."

Amtrak and BNSF officials will be working with the delegation on resolving issues with the safety of the tracks, which BNSF owns. Officials had concerns about the safety of the track, especially by Churchs Ferry because floodwaters surround the track bed there.

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