Could Shreveport be getting Amtrak service in the near future? KLTV reports that idea is beginning to look like it is a possibility. Amtrak and Canadian Pacific have reached a deal to expand passenger rail service in parts of the south and Midwest. This could bring Amtrak service to the I-20 stretch from Dallas to Atlanta.

The I-20 Corridor Council is a non-profit advocacy group that has been working for many years to bring a long-distance passenger rail connection between the Dallas Metro all the way to Atlanta. Ultimately, you would be able to connect to the east coast and New York City.

What Cities Would Have Amtrak Stops?

This proposed route would include stops in Marshall and Longview and stops are also proposed in Shreveport and Monroe. But passenger rail stations would have to be built in Louisiana.

During his first term as Governor, John Bel Edwards designated the I -20 Corridor as one the top rail priorities for the state.

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Existing rail tracks could be used for this service and there would be no need to acquire land for the expansion.

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Former Harrison County Judge Richard Anderson chairs the I-20 Corridor Council. He says “The I-20 Corridor Council and all who have been working with great devotion to re-establish this important east-west passenger rail connection across the southeastern region of our nation are very pleased and grateful for the positive steps that Amtrak and Canadian Pacific have announced. We look forward to continued progress in this regard as we continue to work toward making the I-20 Corridor long distance passenger rail connection a reality for the great benefit of our Southern region and nation.”

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