New station in Marks, Miss., on the historic City of New Orleans route
MARKS, Miss. – Effective this weekend, Amtrak City of New Orleans trains will stop daily at a new station in Marks, Miss., on the Chicago-New Orleans route made famous in a song by Steve Goodman and recorded by Arlo Guthrie and many others. Service in both directions is effective Saturday, May 5, with a ribbon-cutting event this Friday evening, May 4.
Marks (station code MKS) is about midway between current stops in Greenwood, Miss., and Memphis. Northbound, adult fares from Marks to Memphis start at $20, St. Louis via Carbondale, Ill., $81, and Chicago $87. Southbound, adult fares from Marks to Greenwood start at $20; Jackson, Miss., $27 and New Orleans $47. These fares are each way, with a 14-day advance purchase on Amtrak.com, our mobile apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL.
The conclusion of a nearly two-decade effort, the $1.2 million station is now complete. The new platform and parking area is fully ADA-accessible and the open-air shelter offers heating elements for comfort. Northbound Train 58 to Memphis, Carbondale and Chicago operates in the evening and southbound service by Train 59 to Greenwood, Jackson and New Orleans is during morning hours. See the schedule and book now at Amtrak.com.
This project is funded in part by a $500,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration and appropriated through the Mississippi Department of Transportation with a 20 percent local match from Quitman County. The local match was secured by a grant of $150,000 from the Mississippi Development Authority, and a $300,000 grant from Delta Regional Authority.
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