WASHINGTON – Service by the Amtrak Crescent train will be restored to its full New York-New Orleans route, effective April 3, following the early completion of track work by the Norfolk Southern Railway.
The service had not operated Monday-Thursday between Atlanta and New Orleans since March 6 due to the work.
The track work, performed between Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Meridian, Miss., was originally scheduled to be finished April 12. However, NS officials have told Amtrak their work will be complete in time for full service to resume April 3.
"We appreciate the great work by NS in making the track improvements and finishing the project ahead of schedule," said Joe Wall, General Superintendent of the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Amtrak Southern Division.
Starting with the southbound departure of the Crescent from New York (Train 19) on April 2 and the northbound departure of the Crescent from New Orleans (Train 20) on April 3, the train will return to its regular schedule, restoring daily service to points in Alabama and Mississippi as well.
"The Crescent is enjoyed by passengers from Louisiana to New York, and we look forward to bringing it back to its full route," Wall added.