Congressman Kevin Cramer

Representing North Dakota, At Large

Rail Companies Issue New Status Reports on Grain Car Backlog

Jul 21, 2014
Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have publicly filed their fourth weekly status updates on the backlog in grain shipments, Congressman Kevin Cramer said today. The figures from BNSF show a total of 3,908 past due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 26.6 days late as of July 17, compared to the report last week which indicated 4,561 past due cars were averaging 30.2 days late. The CP report shows a total of 23,761 open requests in North Dakota with an average age of 10.72 weeks. The previous report showed 24,280 open requests with an average age of 10.14 weeks.

“BNSF is reporting a 14 percent reduction in their past-due cars, which is good news. However Canadian Pacific has not indicated any meaningful reductions in their backlog since these reports began. I continue to remind the rail officials how crucial it is our farmers have access to reliable and efficient rail transportation, especially with harvest approaching. Given their promise to clear the backlog of last year’s crop before the new harvest begins, I will be watching their progress over the next few weeks carefully,” said Cramer.

In June the two companies were ordered by the STB to report their plans for resolving the backlog of grain car orders, and begin issuing weekly status reports until the problem is resolved. The BNSF report can be viewed here, and the CP report can be viewed here.