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North Dakota senators meet with CP Railway leader

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 11, 2014 at 3:09 pm •  Published: August 11, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven are asking the head of Canadian Pacific Railway to improve agriculture shipping delays before harvest.

The senators met Monday in Minot with company CEO E. Hunter Harrison and agriculture producers to discuss a backlog in railcars entering the upcoming harvest.

Hoeven says the meeting was productive and it was important for Harrison to hear first-hand from farmers and ranchers.

Heitkamp says the railway must commit to decreasing the backlog and wait times. She says the wait times for CP cars increased between June and August and the company has been reluctant to give information about the delays.

The senators met last week with BNSF Railway executive director Matt Rose.