Anniston is among 11 local governments in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana that will receive grants to improve railway stations along Amtrak’s Crescent Line, the Southern Rail Commission announced Monday.
The city will receive $138,000, a slice of the $2.4 million in Federal Railway Administration money awarded by the commission on Monday. The money is to be used for passenger rail station upgrades or construction, and some of it will go to Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Mobile, as well as to cities in Louisiana and Mississippi.
In Anniston, city officials say the money will be spent extending the city’s Amtrak station platform by 400 feet.
The extension will allow trains that stop at the station to load and unload baggage and bicycles, according to a July letter from Amtrak to the city expressing support for the project.
SouthernRailway wrote:Is there any hope whatsoever of the Crescent getting an additional sleeping car AND (arising from additional capacity to sell) lower sleeping-car prices in 2017 or 2018?
The one-way sleeping car fare from NYC to the Carolinas is $450-$600+. As much as I like taking the Crescent, I can fly first-class for a lot less than that, so my choice is the plane, not the train, for pretty much every trip.
Arlington wrote:The alternative is to only staff the diner NYP - ATL *as if* the diner had turned back to NYP at ATL, but, to save switching/storage hassles at ATL, the diner actually rolls ATL-NOL unstaffed (but seating available ?)