Just after 11 a.m. Thursday the first Amtrak train was set to come through. However, that didn't happen because Amtrak has been forced to temporarily suspend service through the area.
This is the result of Wednesday's train collision in Lincoln, Alabama. With cleanup from that accident expected to take several days, Amtrak officials say the company will not resume service in Meridian until this weekend.
Earlier this week Amtrak had suspended service until Thursday because of a train derailment just across the state line in Cuba, Alabama. With that now cleaned up service was set to resume Thursday.
Meanwhile, although the temporary closure is bad for Amtrak, it's benefiting buses.
"I've had several people in the last two days come over and identify themselves as Amtrak riders and the fact that Amtrak's not running, that they would have to catch the bus," says Greyhound ticket agent Robert Wilson.
The Amtrak route that has been disrupted is called the Crescent Line. It runs from New Orleans to New York with a stop in Meridian.
Amtrak service is set to resume in Meridian this Sunday at its regularly scheduled times. As for anyone who had purchased a ticket for one of the days during the temporary closure, you're advised to contact Amtrak to make other arrangements.
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