PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governor Dennis Daugaard met with Surface Transportation Board members and railroad company officials last week on the shortage of rail cars in South Dakota. The railroad shipment issues for ag commodities has been causing problems for producers and elevators. Daugaard was in the nation’s capital last week and says rail companies have indicated they will release their plans to fix the back log of rail cars soon.
Daugaard says everyone impacted by the rail car issue would like to see it resolved.
He cites a few different reasons for the rail car problem–from last year’s record grain numbers to a transfer of ownership of a rail-line from Canadian Pacific to Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad.
Officials want to solve the rail car shortage before this year’s harvest causes a further backup. The Governor’s policy adviser for Transportation Matt Konenkamp; Bruce Lindholm-Rail Specialist with the Department of Transportation and the state’s Agriculture Department Secretary Lucas Lentsch joined the Governor in Washington D.C. last week.
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