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Louisiana Leaders Want Rail Connection to Casinos

9 December 2004

LOUISIANA – As reported by the Texas Star-Telegram: "Rail supporters are hoping that soon North Texans will be spending less time behind the steering wheel, and more time in front of the roulette wheel.

"Louisiana leaders are reviving a 15-year-old effort to connect by rail Fort Worth and Shreveport-Bossier City, La., home of several popular casinos.

"A four-day test using Amtrak equipment may be conducted as early as April, officials with the city and Amtrak said. Bossier City officials requested the test run, and are searching for ways to cover Amtrak's costs.

"…Fares likely would be about $50 round trip from Fort Worth to Bossier City, officials said.

"Three coach railcars with a combined capacity of about 200 passengers would be used in the test run, Bossier City businessman Joe Littlejohn, who attended the meeting with Amtrak officials, said.

"…About 55 charter buses pull into the casinos each day, bringing nearly 3,000 people to the casinos. At least half of them, Littlejohn said, are from Dallas-Fort Worth."

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