Alaska Railroad Loses 44% Of Freight Since 2008

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The Alaska Railroad has had a loss in the amount of freight being hauled.

The numbers have dropped 44 percent between 2008 and 2016.

A main factor in the loss was closure of the Flint Hills Refinery at North Pole.

Last month, the railroad announced it had eliminated 49 positions.

Another cost cutting measure was reducing the number of trips trains make between Fairbanks and Anchorage.

One bright spot for the railroad has been about a 22 percent increase in passenger traffic on the trains.