Railroads 2017 Discussion

April 21, 2017


Date(s) - April 21, 2017
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


The Oaks at Eagle Creek


  • Community Event,  
  • Education,  

The Minnesota Regional Railroads Association and the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce invite you to attend an informative discussion about safety improvements, training, infrastructure investment and the economic impact of freight rail.

Railroads 2017
Friday, April 21st
Noon to 2pm
at The Oaks at Eagle Creek
Lunch Provided

Please RSVP to Ken Warner at the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce via email – chamber@willmarareachamber.com – by Wednesday, April 19.

Minnesota’s rail system is the 8th largest in the nation, transporting 3.6 million carloads over 4,500 miles of railroad track. Minnesota’s workers, families, businesses and governments benefit from the state’s rail network, which plays a significant role in Minnesota’s economic success. Freight rail is responsible for $40 billion of state Gross Domestic Product and for adding more than $5,000 in annual income to the average Minnesota household.

Recently, interest in freight rail safety has increased even while the last few years have been the safest in the history of railroads. The number of rail crossing incidents and fatalities is the second-lowest it’s been since 1970 and train accident rates and employee injury rates have all gone down nearly every year since 1980.

Railroads are making significant investments in infrastructure and safety, including $700 million invested in Minnesota in just the last two years. Railroads are also utilizing new tools, including the AskRail app available to first responders, and additional training to keep our communities safe.

At Railroads 2017, you’ll have the opportunity to talk with representatives from the BNSF and the Minnesota Regional Railroads Association. We’ll hear about the investments railroads are making in Minnesota and about first responder training and new safety features like Positive Train Control.

Please join us on Friday, April 21 for an informative discussion.

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