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Published May 22, 2013, 09:01 AM

Amtrak considering Culbertson stop for oil patch workers

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Amtrak plans to study the feasibility of adding a stop in Culbertson for people traveling to the Baaken region for work.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Amtrak plans to study the feasibility of adding a stop in Culbertson for people traveling to the Baaken region for work.

Sens. Jon Tester and Max Baucus requested the study to give oil field workers another transportation option. They note that the oil field jobs are drawing workers from all over Montana, but some are finding it difficult to make the long commute.

The senators' letter to Amtrak notes the Culbertson stop would be 54 miles east of Wolf Point and 43 miles west of Williston, N.D. It also points out that housing, an extended-stay motel and two other motels are being built in Culbertson to accommodate the increasing number of oilfield workers.

Culbertson Mayor Gordon Oelkers says the town has a building where the Amtrak stop could be located.

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