Hope Amtrak Rail Depot Update

Zoie Clift
According to
information from the Texarkana Gazette, construction of a new passenger rail
platform in Hope is running a little late.

Amtrak is planning to
add a stop in Hope for its Texas Eagle service, which already makes other
Arkansas stops on its run between San Antonio and Chicago.

The city expected the
platform to cost $250,000 but the lowest bid came in at $353,000. One reason for
the higher cost is that the construction crew would have to stop work every
time a train passed.

Organizers are
exploring new designs that can be built off-site and installed in a relatively
short amount of time.

Tourism officials say the
stop Amtrak stop would enhance the city’s effort to attract visitors. Former
President Bill Clinton’s boyhood home in Hope is now managed by the National
Park Service. We’ll keep you posted on updates as they are released. 

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