CONO Flag Stop Coming to Marks, MS, in 2016

Amtrak’s City of New Orleans will be making a flag stop in Marks, Mississippi, beginning in late 2016.

The Chicago-New Orleans train currently serves Greenwood and Yazoo City in the Mississippi Delta country.

Marks is a gateway to the Blue Trail sites and other attractions.

“We have been working on this for more than 20 years,” said Marks Mayor Joe Shegog. “Many years ago, maybe 50 or 60 years ago, we had a passenger train stop here. I think what it will do is attract more tourists to the Delta. We will have the only Amtrak train stop between Memphis and Greenwood. We have some big plans to do what we can with what we have.”

Marks has a population of 1,551 and is the county seat of Quitman County. It is about 70 miles from Memphis, and 60 miles from Greenwood.

The city of Marks and Quitman County are funding construction of a trackside shelter for passengers.

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), who serves on the Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation, helped to arrange for the stop in Marks.

Wicker said in a news release that the decision to create the flag stop was reached after talks with Amtrak, Canadian National and local and state officials.

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