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Shreveport-Bossier looking to get on Amtrak

A cheaper, quicker, cleaner and less stressful way to get to and from Dallas-Fort Worth could soon be coming to Shreveport-Bossier. Local and state officials from Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas are hoping Amtrak can extend services further into the ArkLaTex. Currently, Amtrak operates a 'Texas Eagle' route, stretching from San Antonio all the way to Chicago, using Union Pacific rails. A $750,000 dollar feasibility study is looking to see how profitable it would be to add Shreveport-Bossier to that route. While many questions are being asked, one is concerning the potential revenue stream from the standpoint of how many people would be coming to the area, so that a project and cost analysis of the plan could be done. According to Louisiana representative, Roy Burrell says the state economy, unemployment rate, and even the environment would improve if this project gets the green light. Burrell believes this Amtrak project is very important to Louisiana for the additional tourism it would create. The feasibility study is expected to be finished by March 2013. The actual implementation of the route into Shreveport-Bossier could come later that year.

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