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Freight congestion is hurting shipping companies

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Freight congestion is hurting shipping companies

Traffic jams can be aggravating, particularly if you’re commuting through the city, but most of us can eventually navigate to get where we’re going. That’s not the case on the nation’s rails, where freight congestion has left some shippers months behind in moving products to customers. The freight rail delays are especially bad in the northern plains states, where thousands of rail cars full of crude oil crowd the tracks. NPR’s David Schaper joins us in studio to talk about freight travel in Chicago and a new ordinance that tightens restrictions on potentially dangerous freight. (Photo: Flickr/VXLA)

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