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Businesses in Whitefish are taking a hit because of problems with Amtrak’s Empire Builder, which runs between Chicago and the West Coast. 

Monday afternoon the westbound Empire Builder was running over 90 minutes late into Whitefish. That’s actually an improvement over delays of more than eleven hours earlier this year.

Amtrak says it’s working to fix the problem. Marc Magliari is the Amtrak spokesman in Chicago. He admits ridership is down over past years.

Loco Steve, flickr

UPDATE: 2:30 PM: Matt Jones with BNSF said freight travel re-opened at 12:30 PM today on one of the two tracks closed by last night's avalanche. The other track should open soon. 


Amtrak and BNSF trains are delayed after an avalanche was reported late Sunday night east of the small northwest Montana town of Essex.

BNSF Regional Public Affairs Director Matt Jones expects the debris to be cleared from the track and freight trains should running again by this afternoon.