June 12, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 24

Montana Natural Resource Jobs Depend On Rail Transportation

We’ve seen a lot of hand-wringing over coal trains lately. But frankly, railroads are an essential part of Montana’s growth, more now than probably since the first tracks were laid in the state more than 100 years ago.

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Whether coal trains, grain trains, lumber trains, or oil trains – it’s all GOOD for Montana. It’s a sign that more people are working, more wealth is being created, our economy is strengthening and our tax base is expanding.

The fact is, the increase in rail traffic our state is experiencing is related to the growth in a number of industries, not just coal – that...

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