Posts Tagged ‘Marks Mississippi’

CONO Starts Service to Marks

May 7, 2018

Amtrak’s City of New Orleans began serving Marks, Mississippi, last weekend after the opening of a new station.

Officials conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday morning ahead of the arrival of Train No. 59.

The Northwest Mississippi Regional Station is located on Cherry Street in Marks, which has a population of 1,500 and has been trying for 20 years to entice Amtrak into stopping there.

The station was funded in part by a $500,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration with Quitman County and the state also providing funds.

Marks Depot Nears Completion

May 2, 2018

The new Amtrak station in Marks, Mississippi, will open on May 4, which also coincides with the inauguration of service by Amtrak’s City of New Orleans between Chicago and New Orleans.

The station was funded in part by a grant of $500,000 from the Federal Highway Administration with a 20 percent local match from Quitman County.

The local match was met with $150,000 from the Mississippi Development Authority and $300,000 from the Delta Regional Authority.

Quitman County Administrator Velma Wilson creation of an Amtrak station in Marks had been in the works for more than 20 years.

“Amtrak and Canadian National negotiated and an agreement was reached for Amtrak to stop on the main line in Marks, which was more economical for Quitman County,” Wilson said. “It is a regional stop and I think that’s one reason we were able to get it done.”

CONO Flag Stop Coming to Marks, MS, in 2016

September 11, 2015

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.

Amtrak to Stop CONO in Marks, Mississippi

June 19, 2015

Amtrak is planning to establish a stop for the City of New Orleans in Marks, Mississippi.

Marks officials began seeking an Amtrak stop in August of 1995 after the station in Batesville was closed and Nos. 58 and 59 were rerouted through Marks.

Quitman County officials say the stop will provide an essential transportation service for about 200,000 residents living in nine surrounding counties.

Mark has a population of 1,550 people and is located about midway between Memphis, Tennessee, and Greenwood, Mississippi.