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City plans for opening of Amtrak stop

By Kevin McKinnon, 03/20/13 3:37 PM
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Amtrak platform at Hope Depot – photo by Kevin McKinnon

It’s been some 20 years in the making, but Hope’s depot is about to become a stop for Amtrak passenger trains in the next few days and the City of Hope is making final plans to get things started.

City Manager Catherine Cook told the Hope City Board that a final agreement had been reached with Amtrak Tuesday afternoon after the most recent changes had been made to the loading platform.

Amtrak is expected to begin allowing its trains to stop in Hope in the next few days now.

To get things rolling, the City of Hope has planned a meeting of local people with an interest in trains. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Board Room for people who want to learn more about riding the train, or just have a general interest in trains. People interested in volunteering at the local Amtrak stop are also encouraged to attend the meeting.

A special dedication ceremony is planned for Saturday, May 18th at the depot. City Manager Cook told the City Board that this date is a week after National Train Day on May 11th, but it was the first chance that representatives from Amtrak could attend the event.

Anyone interested in traveling in or out of Hope on Amtrak can book a trip at Amtrak’s website: http://amtrak.com.

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Photo by Kevin McKinnon