La Crosse, WI (WXOW) A report released this week shows freight trains carrying oil is one factor causing the Amtrak Empire Builder through La Crosse is on time only 21% of the time. The report, posted by the Washington Post, says freight trains have the right of way over passenger rail, and Amtrak says increased oil shipments from North Dakota are taking a toll on their schedules. The Empire Builder route runs from Chicago, through La Crosse and on to Washington State. It has the worst on time performance of any of Amtrak's 33 routes.
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