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BNSF: ND Oil Trains Shifted Away from Western Twin Cities, Downtown Minneapolis

BNSF Railway says most of the North Dakota crude oil trains crossing Minnesota have shifted away from the western Twin Cities and downtown Minneapolis.

The railroad notified Minnesota officials last month that is has shifted oil trains back to their usual route across Minnesota.

The shift had been expected. A BNSF spokeswoman tells the Star Tribune that with the construction season over, traffic is back to more traditional routes.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was among state and local officials worried when BNSF sent oil trains through downtown Minneapolis and across Nicollet Island as the railroad worked on a $326 million system upgrade in Minnesota.

BNSF reports the downtown oil train traffic tapered off in October, and now has returned to the usual level of zero to three per week.

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