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Bossier City Council supports Amtrak passenger rail service

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(Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)

At its Tuesday March 15, 2022 regular meeting, the Bossier City Council unanimously approved a resolution of support for Amtrak passenger rail service along the Interstate 20 corridor through Bossier City.

Jack “Bump” Skaggs, President and CEO of the Coordinating and Development Corporation (CDC), addressed the Bossier City Council during Tuesday’s meeting as follows: “On this project, we are working with the I-20 Corridor Council, the Southern Rail Commission and Transpiration for America. For many years, you have heard that Amtrak would be coming through this area. However, it was never really a viable option with Kansas City Southern owning the rail. So with the merger of KCS and Canadian Pacific, Canadian Pacific is now a willing partner. We are requesting your support for Amtrak rail service to come through here. We’re not ready to work through where the stops are going to go. From an economic and community standpoint, we feel like it will be very impactful.”

CDC is a private, nonprofit, member-supported corporation that serves the economic, community, workforce, transportation and business development needs of 10 parishes in Northwest Louisiana.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the city council approved:

  • Adoption of an ordinance authorizing adjustment of the annual salary of the Bossier City Marshall and amending the General Fund Budget.
  • Adoption of an ordinance to approve Report of Change Order 2, for the South Bossier Redevelopment Project, with an additional 5 days and an increase of $8,119.10 for a total contract price of $2,774,119.10.
  • Adoption of an ordinance to approve Report of Change Order 2, for the Eastbank Fire Station Project with an increase of $17,974.56 for a total contract price of $2,876,632.56.
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