Amtrak to resume train service to New Orleans

WASHINGTON -- Amtrak said it plans to resume train service Oct. 9 to New Orleans that had been suspended in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

We are proud to restore our operations to and from New Orleans to both serve passengers and to help New Orleans rebuild, said William Crosbie, Amtrak senior vice president for operations. We are looking forward to a steady growth in passengers to and from New Orleans as the city and the surrounding parishes make repairs and more businesses join us in reopening.

Amtrak said the first train is slated to depart New Orleans on Oct. 9 will be the Crescent. Plans call for the train to depart at 7:20 a.m., with stops in Meridian, Miss.; Birmingham, Ala.; Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Washington; and New York. The City of New Orleans will depart at 1:45 p.m. en route to Jackson, Miss.; Memphis; Carbondale, Ill.; and Chicago.

Amtrak had suspended all City of New Orleans and Crescent train service to the city on Aug. 28 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Since then, all of the eastern and western train connections have been made in Chicago rather than New Orleans.

Amtrak said the New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal, Amtrak facilities and the rail lines owned by the CN Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railway leading into the city had sustained extensive damage as a result of the hurricane that caused the flooding of New Orleans downtown and surrounding areas. 

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