WASHINGTON – Improvements to the track used by the Amtrak Crescent (New York – New Orleans) service will result in a temporary schedule change from Jan. 10 – Feb. 17 with trains not operating between Atlanta and New Orleans Monday through Thursday of each week.
Southbound Train 19 originating in New York on Sundays through Wednesdays, will terminate in Atlanta. Northbound Train 20 originating on Mondays through Thursdays, will originate in Atlanta instead of its usual New Orleans. No alternate transportation will be provided between Atlanta and New Orleans.
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only between Jan. 10 and Feb. 17, Trains 19 and 20 will serve all stations along the route, but may encounter delays due to speed restrictions and freight train interference.
The temporary schedule change will permit Norfolk Southern Railway, the owner of the track, to perform its annual track-work project. The extensive tie, rail and bridge work will take place at numerous locations between Atlanta and a point south of Meridian, Miss. The work will improve Amtrak ride quality and reliability, and avoid or eliminate speed restrictions.