July 26, 2023 - Trains.com -

Richard and Christina Anderson’s efforts celebrated at Texas event as Amtrak takes lead role in I-20 project

A wide variety of state and local officials, as well as current and former representatives of Amtrak and its host railroads, assembled last week to honor two people in large part responsible for keeping alive a proposed extension of Amtrak’s Crescent between Meridian, Miss., and Fort Worth, Texas.

Retired Harrison County Judge Richard Anderson — no relation to the former Amtrak CEO — and his wife Christina are stepping back from their roles as activists promoting the train’s mobility and economic-development potential. The heavy lifting to advance the project is being assumed by Amtrak, which recently submitted applications for two Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act grants: the Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail and Corridor Identification and Development programs [see “Amtrak seeks expansion of Crescent section …,” Trains News Wire, March 10, 2023].

Read more: https://www.trains.com/trn/news-reviews/news-wire/activists-honored-for-maintaining-interest-in-crescent-extension-to-dallas-fort-worth/

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