Congressman Kevin Cramer

Representing North Dakota, At Large

Rail Companies Issue New Status Reports on Grain Car Backlog

Sep 2, 2014
Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have publicly filed updated weekly status reports on the backlog in grain shipments. The figures from BNSF show a total of 1,016 past due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 10 days late as of August 28, compared to the report the previous week which indicated 1,336 past due cars were averaging 10.2 days late. The CP report shows a total of 7,535 open requests in North Dakota with an average age of 13.14 weeks. The previous report showed 10,266 open requests with an average age of 12.71 weeks. Congressman Cramer will speak Thursday in Fargo at a hearing of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) examining the backlog.

“Since we are only a few months away from a change in weather which restricts rail transportation efficiencies, it is critical these numbers continue to drop,” said Cramer. “Agriculture producers and elevator operations continue to face a high level of uncertainty, and I hope to get some answers to their questions at the hearing on Thursday.”

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.