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Empire Builder stops running as freight labor negotiations stumble

Businesses, White House plan for possible rail strike Friday

 

Last updated 9/14/2022 at 11:51am

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An eastbound Empire Builder Amtrak train stops at the Havre train station in June 2020. The Empire Builder and some other long-distance trains are not running as labor negotiations with freight rail companies continue.

Josh Funk

AP Business Writer

OMAHA, Neb. - Amtrak is suspending some long-distance routes including the Empire Builder that runs along the Hi-Line as business and government officials are bracing for the possibility of a nationwide rail strike at the end of this week while talks carry on between the largest U.S. freight railroads and their unions.

Amtrak already suspended its California Zephyr and Empire Builder lines that run from Chicago to the West Coast, and, starting today, it will stop running its City of New Orleans, Starlight and Texas Eagle lines along with several others.

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