CONO Passengers Back on the Bus

City of New Orleans passengers are back on the bus after the Canadian National tracks used by the train were closed through the end of January over the Bonnet Carré Spillway.

Amtrak will bus passengers for Nos. 58 and 59 between New Orleans and Jackson, Mississippi.

Amtrak City of New OrleansThe track closure occurred after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened a flood gate to relieve pressure from high water on the Mississippi River.

The Bonnet Carré Spillway lies on a channel linking the Mississippi River with Lake Ponchartrain

“It is a precautionary measure with the bridge over the Spillway,” CN spokesman Patrick Waldron told Trains magazine.

Amtrak has considered making the bus bridge between New Orleans and Hammond, Louisiana, but a planned temporary schedule change made that impractical.

No. 59 is now departing Memphis 1 hour and 15 minutes later than scheduled in order to accommodate CN track work.

Now set to leave Memphis at 8:05 a.m., No. 59 would arrive in Hammond too late to make a same-day turn for the northbound No. 58.

CN is performing maintenance between Jackson and McComb, Mississippi.

The scheduled delay to No. 59 south of Memphis has not yet been posted on Amtrak’s website.

No. 59 is currently scheduled to depart from Memphis at 6:50 a.m. The New Orleans arrival time will be 4:47 p.m. compared to the scheduled time of 3:32 p.m.

The schedules of the northbound City of New Orleans will not be affected, nor will the scheduled of No. 59 from Chicago to Memphis be affected.

The later running of No. 59 south of Memphis is in effect through Feb. 17.

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