Tester Planning Meeting on Rail Service

By Beacon Staff

BOZEMAN – Sen. John Tester is planning a town hall meeting in Bozeman to discuss resuming passenger train service across southern Montana.

The meeting is set for May 26.

Tester wrote successful legislation requiring Amtrak to study the possible re-establishment of its North Coast Hiawatha route from Chicago to Seattle. The route was discontinued in 1979.

The route followed Interstates 94 and 90, passing through Glendive, Miles City, Billings, Livingston, Bozeman, Butte and Missoula.

Amtrak is working on the feasibility study and expects to have a finished report in September.

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