State asks delay in abandoning stretch of railroad - - Jackson, MS

State asks delay in abandoning stretch of railroad

VAUGHAN, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The stretch of railroad between Canton and Grenada is in danger of being shut down permanently and the state of Mississippi is trying to keep that from happening. The railroad hasn't been used, on a regular basis and the company that owns it, Grenada Railway, says it would be too expensive to repair and return to service.

Amtrak last used the old rails on a regular schedule in 1995. Grenada railway bought them from Canadian National and has now filed for permission from the U. S. Surface Transportation Board to shut them down permanently.

Tuesday, the Mississippi Transportation Board voted unanimously to send a letter to the Surface Transportation Board, asking for a delay in the abandonment procedure until the Mississippi Legislature, now in session, could have a chance to look at the issue.

Little towns like West would not have much of a chance for future economic development if the railroad is abandoned.

Grenada railway says there are too many old bridges that would have to be repaired to reopen the line.

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