Local leaders and Amtrak officials have welcomed the
restoration of daily service by the Amtrak City of New Orleans train at Memphis
An underground problem on city property just south of the
station resulted in detours by the train and the closure of the station's
parking lot from April 23, 2008 until last week.
Memphis Area Transit Authority owns Central Station and used
the nearly six months of service detours to spruce up the station's train
More than 54,870 passengers were ticketed to and from Memphis in the fiscal year
just ended and ridership on the Amtrak City of New Orleans continues to grow,
according to Amtrak.
Additionally, ridership on all Amtrak trains continues to
grow, with the 28.7 million total for the period October 1, 2007 through September
30, 2008, topping the 25,847,531 for the previous 12 months by 11.1 percent.
Total ticket revenue for the fiscal year reached $1.7 billion, a 14.2 percent
increase over the $1.5 billion in FY07.