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Thursday July 27th, 2017 4:33PM

Buses set for some Amtrak riders between Atlanta and New Orleans

By The Associated Press

PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) — Some Amtrak passengers between New Orleans and Atlanta - including those who board the train in Gainesville - will ride buses four days a week starting Monday and running through Feb. 23.

Norfolk Southern Railway, which hosts the leg of Amtrak's Crescent train, will be performing track maintenance.

Amtrak spokesman Thomas Stennis III tells the Picayune Item (http://bit.ly/2iNvybA) that track maintenance is scheduled during the early winter between two major New Orleans events — the Sugar Bowl and Mardi Gras — to avoid disrupting travel plans.

In addition to Gainesville, the Crescent also stops in Georgia in Toccoa and Atlanta.  Nine stops in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana will be affected.

Southbound passengers will exit trains in Atlanta Sundays through Wednesdays, while northbound passengers will board trains in Atlanta Monday through Thursdays. Southbound service will be affected Sunday through Wednesday; northbound, Monday through Thursday, according to the Amtrak website.  Trains will operate over the full route the other three days of the week.

The Crescent runs between New Orleans and New York.

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Information from: Picayune Item, http://www.picayuneitem.com

(AccessWDUN's Ken Stanford contributed to this story)

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