by Lisa A. Grimaldi | May 08, 2018
Amtrak has opened its $1.2 million station in Marks, Miss., adding a new stop to its City of New Orleans route -- made famous in a song by Steve Goodman and recorded by Arlo Guthrie -- between Chicago and New Orleans. The Marks station is midway between stops in Greenwood, Miss., and Memphis, Tenn.  
 
Northbound, adult fares from Marks to Memphis start at $20; to St. Louis via Carbondale, Ill., $81; and to Chicago, $87. Southbound, adult fares from Marks to Greenwood start at $20; to Jackson, Miss., $27; and to New Orleans, $47. These fares are one way, with a 14-day advance purchase. The northbound train 58 to Memphis, Carbondale and Chicago operates in the evening and southbound service by Train 59 to Greenwood, Jackson and New Orleans in the mornings; click to see the full schedule.
 
The new platform and parking area is fully ADA-accessible, and the open-air shelter offers heat for comfort in colder weather. This project was partly funded by a $500,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration.