GREENWOOD, MISSISSIPPI – Amtrak customers in this northern Mississippi community now have a smoother, brighter and more accessible journey with the famous City of New Orleans train (New Orleans-Greenwood-Memphis-Chicago). A $5.4 million project at the historic railroad station is now complete, and local leaders joined with Amtrak officials to cut the ribbon on April 20, 2022.
The Amtrak project included construction of a new concrete platform that correctly matches the train height and a renovated waiting room with restroom, drinking fountains and new bench seating. Also included were two ramped connections from the parking lot with two accessible parking spaces. These ramps assist all travelers with wheeled luggage or strollers, as well as customers who use mobility devices. In addition, Amtrak coordinated with the city in a redesign of the sidewalk along Carrollton Ave. to create a better pedestrian connection to the depot.
“We are making these kinds of investments across our network,” said Amtrak Vice President Dr. David Handera, who led a delegation of Amtrak officials to meet with Greenwood Mayor Carolyn McAdams. “These projects satisfy the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and all of our customers benefit from a station that is more welcoming.”
To date Amtrak has completed 168 ADA station-related projects as part of its ADA Stations Program, with 20 stations brought into ADA compliance last fiscal year for $85 million. Another 41 stations are targeted for completion this fiscal year at a forecasted investment of $125 million. Amtrak is advancing 120 station designs and 40 station construction projects as part of its ongoing commitment to providing accessibility for all its customers.
Located where the Tallahatchie and Yalobusha rivers meet to form the Yazoo River, Greenwood is known for its historic downtown, which offers a boutique hotel, upscale shops, fine dining, museums and galleries.
Posted April 22, 2022.