Amtrak’s City of New Orleans train service will return to Memphis Central Station at 6a.m. today with the scheduled arrival of the southbound train. In April, a sinkhole that spread to within a foot of the train track forced Amtrak to t bus passengers to temporary boarding locations. Repairs were delayed much of the summer while the city, Canadian National Railroad, which owns the tracks, Amtrak and Sprint Nextel worked out liability and cost issues.
The project, first estimated at $1 million, ended up costing $750,000. The city will pay about $345,000 and the railroad will pay the rest, said Pete Aviotti Jr., special assistant to Mayor Willie Herenton.
— From staff reports
Memphis Commercial Appeal 10/17/08