Sinkhole causing headaches for Amtrak officials, passengers - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

Sinkhole causing headaches for Amtrak officials, passengers

Each day the sinkhole at the downtown Amtrak station remains un-repaired, trains can't get to the station.

And every day Amtrak spokesmen like Marc Magliari gets more and more frustrated.

"It's inconvenient for our passengers. It does not reflect well on the city of Memphis and it costs additional money to serve Memphis in this way, and it can't continue indefinitely," Magliari said.

Since the sinkhole started, Amtrak has been forced to bus passengers to a temporary location south of the station. But officials said that is getting expensive and inconvenient.

"Well it's far from where people want to be. It's at a railroad junction point. It's not anyplace with any services for our passengers. It's not in the center of the city as Central Station is," Magliari said.

Adding to the frustration is the fact that the sinkhole problem is blocking vehicle access to the downtown station, and passengers are having to find other places to put their cars.

City officials have said that once final repair costs for the sinkhole have been determined and an agreement has been reached, final repairs will be made. But officials have not set a date for when all that will happen, allowing trains into downtown Memphis again.

Amtrak passengers are now worried about the rumors that Amtrak might discontinue service to Memphis because of the sinkhole problem.

Amtrak officials would only say that they are considering their options, and a change in service is an option.

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