MONROE, La. (KTVE/KARD) — On Thursday, March 16, 2023, officials announced at the Monroe Chamber of Commerce event that Amtrak will be running through Monroe, La. within two years. It was also announced that within four years, there will be two round trips spanning from Mederian, Miss. to Dallas, Texas passing through Monroe, La.

The chairman of transportation for America shared the benefits that will come from this project.

“Canadian Pacific says their intent is to run one round trip a day from Meridian to Dallas Fort Worth, through Monroe within two years. Within four years they will run two round trips a day. That brings commerce, it brings connectivity and most importantly it brings bright young workers who are looking to live in places where they don’t have to depend on automobile.”

John Robert Smith, Chairman of Transportation for America

Mayor Friday Ellis also shared his excitement about the announcement.

It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when now. So, it’s great news for these communities because they’re putting their own skin in the games. Its great news that FRA has paid attention and that Amtrak is paying attention. This is a game changer for economic development. and how people move throughout our communities.

Mayor Friday Ellis

Locals expressed their excitement about the new expansion to the community.
I think it will be great for citizens to be able to get around a lot easier and a lot faster.

John Jencks

Amtrak is actively applying for full funding and grants for this project.