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Amtrak’s Texas Eagle to resume schedule as strike threat averted

By JOEL PHELPS | The Arkadelphian

ARKADELPHIA — Amtrak’s Texas Eagle, which can be hopped aboard in Arkadelphia to connect to Chicago or Los Angeles, will resume its normal schedule beginning Friday, Sept. 16, a spokesperson for the company said.

Amtrak uses the Union Pacific railroad dissecting Clark County for twice-daily stops in Arkadelphia. The passenger rail service apparently did not run as scheduled on Thursday morning, nor will it run tonight, as nationwide strikes have caused interruptions in railway transportation.

“Amtrak is working to quickly restore canceled trains and reaching out to impacted customers to accommodate on first available departures,” the company said. Marc Magliari, a company spokesman for the Chicago area, responded to an email sent Thursday that the Dallas-bound Texas Eagle was scheduled to depart Arkadelphia at its normal time Friday morning, about 4 a.m.

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The Washington Post reported Thursday that the White House had announced a “tentative agreement to avert a national rail strike that had threatened to disrupt travel for hundreds of thousands of Americans.”

The company’s CEO, Stephen Gardner, released this comment in response to that agreement: “This will keep our trains moving, stations bustling, and employees proudly serving customers as we move them across this great country, stimulating local economies in more than 500 communities we serve. Railroads play a vital role in the nation and we thank President Biden, Secretaries Buttigieg, Walsh and Vilsack, the major freight railroads and rail labor unions for their hard work and commitment to get this deal done. Thank you also to our customers for their patience and understanding, and we look forward to welcoming them back on the rails starting today and tomorrow.”

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