Two years after the elimination of Marshall Amtrak’s customer service representative position, Marshall Depot board was thrilled to announce, on Wednesday, Amtrak’s decision to restore staffing.
“During the sadness and difficulty of the ongoing pandemic and with continued gratitude for the brave service of our front line workers and all working together to battle the current health crisis, we’re very grateful and honored to be able to share some welcomed and happy news with our community and region,” stated Christina Anderson, member of the depot board.
As a member of the board and the I-20 Corridor Council, she along with her husband former Harrison County Judge and former State Senator Richard Anderson spearheaded a campaign, in 2018, to try to save the pertinent positions at not only the Marshall station, but other Amtrak facilities across the nation.
“On May 19, we received a phone call from Amtrak informing us that Amtrak plans to restore the paid Customer Service Representative staffing at our Marshall Depot station, as well as at the 14 other U.S. cities who had staffing eliminated in 2018,” Ms. Anderson announced Wednesday.
The 14 other cities are: Texarkana, Arkansas; Cincinnati, Ohio; Topeka, Kansas; Meridian, Mississippi; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Hammond, Louisiana; Charleston, West Virginia; Fort Madison, Iowa; Ottumwa, Iowa; Garden City, Kansas; La Junta, Colorado; Lamy, New Mexico; Shelby, Montana; and Havre, Montana.