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State of Louisiana mulling plan for Amtrak route

AmtrakNORTH LOUISIANA — Louisiana is studying a plan for Amtrak passenger trains to cross north Louisiana, connecting Texas to Mississippi.

Department of Transportation and Development secretary Sherrie LeBas tells the Minden (La.)  Press-Herald she’s ready to start, using $250,000 secured by state Rep. Roy Burrell of Shreveport.

Existing Kansas City Southern Railway tracks could connect Amtrak routes in Marshall, Texas, and Meridian with possible stops in Shreveport, Ruston and Monroe in Louisiana. Passengers could continue west to Dallas and east to Atlanta.

Texas is studying a connection to Shreveport, part of a plan to add stops in east Texas and connect to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Minden and Webster Parish governments have passed resolutions supporting service.

One question, says Sibley Mayor Jimmy Williams, is whether busy Kansas City Southern tracks can accommodate Amtrak.

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