The Williston, N.D. Amtrak station in 2007 may look about the same as it does now, but, so much has changed underneath. The influx of workers traveling looking for a new life in North Dakota has transformed the western part of the state into a jobs mecca, a modern depiction of the American dream. This Amtrak station is the busiest in the state. Last year over 51,000 people shuffled through this platform waiting for a ride.
The station is located on the southern end of downtown Williston. It recently underwent a $2 million dollar restoration in 2010. The popular Empire Builder route runs from Chicago through North Dakota all the way to the Pacific Northwest. It is a popular way for workers who only partially live in Williston to travel home to their loved ones after their weeks on. It is a great place for people watching, showcasing the variety of travelers to this small town. It struggles to stay on time as a result of the large number of trains hauling Bakken crude to refineries, often delaying the Empire Builder route for hours.