Montana Department of Transportation

Montana Department of Transportation


Rail Service Competition Council



The Agriculture subcommittee of the Montana Rail Service Competition Council works to enhance cost-effective rail services for the export of agricultural commodities.

Subcommittee Members
Chair Eric Doheny
Ben Thomas Dept. of Agriculture
Greg Stordahl Dept. of Agriculture
Kim Mangold Dept. of Agriculture
Ben Tiller Dept. of Agriculture
Andre Giles Montana Flour and Grains
Frank Schoonover Montana Wheat and Barley Committee
Matt Jones BNSF Railway
Terry Whiteside Whiteside & Associates
Kraig McLeod Dept. of Transportation

Energy Shipping (Coal, Oil, Natural Gas, etc.)

This subcommittee of the Montana Rail Service Competition Council works to ensure that rail transportation enables Montana's energy resources to most competitively reach markets in the U.S. and around the world.

Subcommittee Members
Chair Craig Gilchrist Glasgow
Ken Fichtler Governor's Office of Economic Development
Director Mike Tooley Dept. of Transportation
Director Mike Kadas Dept. of Revenue
Terry Whiteside Whiteside & Associates
Todd O'Hair Cloud Peak Energy
Kraig McLeod Dept. of Transportation

Economic Development Subcommittee

The Economic Development Subcommittee of the Rail Service Competition Council was established to utilize existing port and rail facilities to expand business operations and stimulate economic development in Montana. The subcommittee focuses on enhancing market access for the state's commodities, improving access to available intermodal rail services, promoting Montana shippers and receivers, and developing additional business opportunities and resources for Montana shippers, receivers, and transportation providers.

Subcommittee Members
Co-Chair Kathy Fasso Port of Montana
Co-Chair Walt Ainsworth
Ken Fichtler Governor’s Office of Economic Development
Ross Lane BNSF Railway
Tom Facey Montana Senate
Eric Doheny
Kraig McLeod Dept. of Transportation