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Amtrak buses passengers to New Orleans

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Repairs continue on train tracks outside of New Orleans after a huge fire disrupted service and forced a change of plans for passengers. 

The only way for Amtrak customers to get to New Orleans is by bus out of Jackson.

Passengers southbound from Chicago on the City of New Orleans found their train ride ended in Jackson.

A trestle fire west of the Big Easy put an abrupt end to the full run.

Folks who were hoping to catch the train from Jackson to New Orleans were surprised by the news.

One business passenger on his way to New Orleans happened to be a representative for the Southern Rail Commission on Potential Gulf Coast Service Restoration Options.

"I'd rather not but it is what it is," said Pelahatchie Mayor Knox Ross. "Amtrak has no control over that a grinding crew caught the bridge on fire. I know Amtrak is working to find an alternate route so they can run the train."

Mayor Ross said this incident impacts Amtrak travel for the time being.

"The train is much more comfortable; you can get up walk around, get a meal, you can do all these different things," added Mayor Ross. "I think it will impact travel quite a bit for people going to New Orleans."
  
Ross is involved in a three state pact trying to get Amtrak service from Chicago all the way to Florida.

Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, service has been suspended east of New Orleans.

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