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Published April 04, 2012, 10:37 AM

ND train depot booms with oil patch passengers

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Amtrak says armies of workers migrating to and from North Dakota's rich oil fields have made Williston's train depot the busiest stop in the state and the fastest-growing station in the nation.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Amtrak says armies of workers migrating to and from North Dakota's rich oil fields have made Williston's train depot the busiest stop in the state and the fastest-growing station in the nation.

Amtrak says the spike in ridership at the Williston depot helped offset losses the railroad suffered last year due to record spring flooding in North Dakota and high water throughout the Upper Midwest.

The number of people getting on and off Amtrak's Empire Builder trains at the seven stations in North Dakota dropped 10.6 percent to about 111,000 in fiscal 2011 compared with fiscal 2010. But at Williston and nearby Stanley, ridership increased despite several months of disruptions due to flooding and track damage.

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