MARKS, Miss. — For the first time in 20 years, the Mississippi Delta will again have passenger rail service. U.S. Senator Roger Wicker said in a new release that Amtrak would soon establish a permanent stop in Marks.
“This is a big win for the Delta and for Mississippi,” Wicker said. “Providing rail service to this part of the state will help boost economic development and tourism opportunities, while delivering an alternative means of transportation for tens of thousands of Mississippians. I commend local city and county leaders, Amtrak officials, and Canadian National Railway personnel for their hard work and persistence in reaching this agreement.”
The City of Marks began the process of obtaining an Amtrak flag stop in August of 1995, after the train station in Batesville was closed. According to Quitman County officials, the stop would provide an essential transportation service for approximately 200,000 residents living in nine counties in the north Delta region.
No beginning date for the stops was announced.