An Amtrak railway in North Louisiana? 'It looks better than it has before'

A long-distance passenger rail service along the I-20 Corridor in North Louisiana has long been a dream and topic of discussion for local officials.

Now, the time seems right for the dream to come to fruition, said Bossier Parish Administrator Bill Altimus, who also serves as chair for the National Association of Counties subcommittee concerning transit and rail.

“I’ve been messing with it for 20 years, and this is really the first time I’ve seen pretty much perfect alignment on all sides that they want this done,” Altimus said. “Everybody is in agreement and in sync to do this.”

As Gov. John Bel Edwards is scheduled to meet with Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant in the coming weeks, the Bossier Parish Police Jury will vote soon on a resolution showing its support for this venture, which would involve Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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