GRAMBLING, La. (KTVE / KARD) – Turning freight trains into passenger rail connections.
The I-20 corridor council wants to add passenger train service from Dallas to Atlanta.
An alternative to the interstate.
“When is the last time you heard they were going to add another lane down on I-20? You haven’t, cause they aren’t planning to.”
Richard Anderson is the chairman of the I-20 corridor council. Thursday he gave an update on the plan telling local leaders it will cut down on traffic and bring in tourism dollars for Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
“This can work for all three states if we work together. Just like Interstate 20 doesn’t end at the state lines the railroad between Fort Worth and Atlanta can’t end at the state lines,” said Anderson.
Grambling State and city officials on board.
“Grambling State students are like all university students to where they want the richest quality of life and access to do all the fun things they want to do and an investment in a new transportation opportunity would help them be connected with all universities,” said Javon Hackley, Grambling’s Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Marketing.
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo said he has been a part of the group for years and while no tracks are being laid just yet. It’s important to keep pushing for the connection.
“This is a partnership and as they said today it’s not just about Texas but it’s also about Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi and when you are working together you can make great things happen,” said Mayo.
The council had a capacity study completed that said it could cost between $60 to $80 million to enable a new passenger rail service route.