Kalispell, MT -

An increase in freight traffic and hundreds of millions of dollars in improvements on BSNF Railway tracks across North Dakota and Montana combined to make Amtrak travel less-than-reliable in recent months.

The Flathead Beacon reports the eastbound Empire Builder, which travels from Chicago to Portland and Seattle, had a zero percent on-time performance during October.

BSNF spokesman Matthew Jones says one of the main reasons for the delays are track improvements being made in the railroad's northern route between the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest.

Jones says there are also more oil trains and general freight trains running across the Hi-Line.

Jones says the track repairs are wrapping up. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the railroad is expecting to be able to improve its on-time performance.