Would you like to travel across the country from right out of Grambling and not have to drive? Well that dream could be a reality real soon. Grambition was on hand for an exclusive meeting with Jim Mathews, the President of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, Christina Anderson(I-20 Corridor Project), Grambling Mayor Edward Jones and the Grambling City Council to discuss bringing Amtrak to Grambling. This would be a major move for the City of Grambling as well as Amtrak. The proposed plan is to connect the Texas Eagle from Longview, Texas to Jackson, Mississippi along Interstate 20.
This has been a 20-plus year project starting with the late Pinkie C. Wilkerson, continuing with former Senator and now Grambling State University President Rick Gallot and will continue with Councilwoman G. Denise Dupree who coordinated yesterday’s visit. This is the 2nd visit to Grambling for Amtrak coordinators, the first being last year’s homecoming football game. This project has been supported by Governor John Bel Edwards whom Mrs. Anderson met last year at homecoming and the Mayors along I-20 including the Mayor of Shreveport and Grambling Alumnus Ollie Tyler.
It would be really nice to be able to travel to Chicago, Atlanta, New York and so on for football and many other adventures, business trips and so on and not have to drive at all. It would also be a good thing for students to be able to get home much easier if they do not own their own transportation. So, Mr. Mathews, Mrs. Christina, Amtrak and the rest, Grambling welcomes you all with open arms! #GRAMbition