Not everybody is on board yet but northern Lousiana is one step closer to having a passenger railway for the first time in more than 40 years. Southern Rail Commissioner Knox Ross says that Governor John Bel Edwards supports extending Amtrak Service through Ruston and Monroe and negotiations are underway with Amtrak and other freight railways to put this plan in action.
Knox Ross says “all of our cities, especially Shreveport and Monroe, air service is an issue, bus service is an issue. It’s hard to get anywhere. They need another alternative.”
Ross says a test run could come as early as next fall with stops in Shreveport and Monroe. Amtrak would extend it’s services to help I-20 passengers travel from Atlanta all the way to Dallas.