Amtrak platform upgraded in Laurel

Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 6:44 PM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) - Friday was a historic day for the City of Laurel.

Federal, state and local leaders gathered to celebrate the completion of the amtrak platform in Laurel.

Originally completed in 1913 for the Northeastern Railroad, it will now offer exterior shelter while also complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“The significance here is that we have now greatly enhanced the two stations in Hattiesburg and now laurel,” U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said.

Leaders hope that the new renovation will leave a lasting impression on the visitors and travelers alike, hoping some will stay awhile.

“It’s good to be here with a town that is on the upswing, such great leadership here, civic and elected and it’s great to be here for a very momentous stage in enchanting transportation,” Wicker said.

Amtrak says it’s exciting to have the 4.8 million dollar project completed with help from local companies.

“Amtrak and General Contractors did this work,” Marc Magliari, senior public relations manager for Amtrak, said. “A lot of the work that really did this station project was folks beyond laurel mercantile, and beyond Scottmans, the folks who did the electrical, who did the concrete work, we’re local businesses, so we put money into local businesses to make this project work.”

Amtrak is now available for travelers to stop and get off at Laurel.

Want more WDAM 7 news in your inbox? Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.