Public meetings set for passenger rail service feasibility study


The Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments (NLCOG) will hold the second and final round of public meetings to discuss the feasibility for passenger rail service between Shreveport, LA and Vicksburg, MS.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bossier Parish Community College, Building F (Emmet E. Cope Student Services Building), Room 203.

The NLCOG began a study in July 2014 to evaluate a route, developed potential station locations, operating characteristics, ridership and revenue estimates, and identified required railroad infrastructure improvements and initial cost estimates. The study also considers the potential for connecting this corridor with Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX to the west and Meridian, MS to the east.

Throughout the study, input from local, regional and state stakeholders contributes to the development and support of the potential rail service, and ensures that their interests and concerns are addressed.

A meeting will also be held July 16 at the Lincoln Parish Library, 910 N. Trenton Street, Ruston, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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