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Oil Fields Boost Amtrak Ridership But Not Profits

by Dan Boyce
Dec 7, 2012 (Morning Edition / Montana Public Radio) — Oil development in North Dakota and Montana has caused ridership to increase dramatically on the only Amtrak line running through those states. Nationally, the railroad company costs the federal government more than $400 million every year, so rail enthusiasts thought the oil boom might turn around the losing rail proposition in certain regions. But the Empire Builder Line is still not making money.

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