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Amtrak Meets With Longview Officials

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - There's a good chance high speed rail and more train traffic could be coming through East Texas.

Officials with Amtrak and the city of Longview met this week to discuss the possibility of expanding services. Some options they mentioned are renovating the Longview Amtrak station and making the rail system the heart of the Longview transportation system. Increased passenger numbers and the possibility of schedules to Shreveport have Amtrak excited about Longview.

"Essentially the train station is the front door to your downtown," says Amtrak government affairs director Thomas Stennis,"It's the entrance into your living room so to speak, and we have seen a great deal of progress in cities all across the country that have taken that step towards revitalizing the train stations."

The Amtrak Texas Eagle has seen an increase in rider-ship of more than a thousand passengers last year.

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