Proposed BNSF-CN interconnection in Minneapolis suburbs raises concerns

In recent months, we’ve carried stories about both a planned Canadian Northern expansion in St. Paul MN, and serious safety violations by BNSF in nearby Minneapolis,


Late year, Federal inspectors repeatedly caught BNSF hauling hazardous materials not on train manifests, which the Federal Railroad Administration said poses “unreasonable risks to health, safety and property.”

Today, in a move that’s prompted opposition, the two railroads have proposed an interconnection in the suburbs of nearby Minneapolis.

For background on the CN St. Paul expansion plans and BNSF safety violations:

Canadian Pacific Railroad pushes ahead with expansion despite St. Paul MN opposition, September 29, 2014

Mystery trains: Crews, communities in the dark on chemical cargo, September 23, 2014