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Published February 03, 2014, 03:45 PM

Amtrak service bypassing Devils Lake, local leaders are not happy

Local leaders in Devils Lake say they're not happy that Amtrak service has been bypassing the city.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Local leaders in Devils Lake say they're not happy that Amtrak service has been bypassing the city.

An increase in freight trains from the western North Dakota oil patch is to blame. Those trains are forcing Amtrak to use a detour on routes traveling west, which means trains aren't stopping in Devils Lake. Instead, travelers are being bussed to Devils Lake from Minot, adding hours to the trip.

Woodland resorts had to cancel the popular "perch express" fishing package. It relied in Amtrak to get anglers to town. Devils Lake mayor Dick Johnson says he's talked to Amtrak and that they're working on a solution.

Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson said, "Long-term they're making plans for this extra passenger traffic and freight traffic, but short-term we just have to make accommodations and it's unfortunate that we have to get bussed from Minot back east."

Amtrak didn't return a message asking for a comment Monday.

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