Amtrak alters routes of three trains in wake of Hurricane Katrina

WASHINGTON -- Storm damage caused by Hurricane Katrina forced Amtrak to temporarily revise three train routes, including its City of New Orleans, Sunset Limited and Crescent trains.

At press time, Amtrak was still determining how long the route revisions would remain in place.

We dont yet have a longer term plan in place, a spokeswoman said, although one could come within days.

Under the temporary route revisions:

  • Through Sept. 3, the southbound City of New Orleans (train #59), which departs from Chicago and normally terminates in New Orleans, will instead terminate in Memphis. No alternate transportation would be provided between Memphis and New Orleans.

  • Through Sept. 4, the northbound City of New Orleans (train #58), originally scheduled to originate in New Orleans, will instead depart from Memphis. No alternate transportation will be provided between New Orleans and Memphis.

  • Through Sept. 5, the southbound Crescent (train #19) departing New York will terminate in Atlanta instead of New Orleans. No alternate transportation will be provided between Atlanta and New Orleans.

  • Through Sept. 6, the northbound Crescent (train #20), normally originating in New Orleans, will instead depart from Atlanta. No alternate transportation will be provided between New Orleans and Atlanta.

  • Through Sept. 8, the westbound Sunset Limited (train #1), heading to Los Angeles, will originate from San Antonio instead of Orlando. No alternate transportation will be provided between Orlando and San Antonio.

  • Through September 7, the eastbound Sunset Limited (train #2) that normally travels between Los Angeles and Orlando, will terminate in San Antonio. No alternate transportation will be provided between San Antonio and Orlando.
  • To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Michael Milligan at [email protected].

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