GO FOR THE GOLD ON THE AMTRAK CRESCENT WITH EXTRA TRAINS FOR THE OLYMPICSNEW ORLEANS New Orleans (ôr`lēənz –lənz, ôrlēnz`), city (2006 pop. 187,525), coextensive with Orleans parish, SE La., between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, 107 mi (172 km) by water from the river mouth; founded , June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Avoid driving to the 1996 Olympic Games by taking the civilized way to Atlanta: the Amtrak Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corp., authorized to operate virtually all intercity passenger railroad routes in the United States. Amtrak was created by Congress in 1970 in response to more than two decades of continuous operating deficits by privately run Crescent, which will operate daily over its entire route between New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City
City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. and New Orleans, from July 18 through August 11.
During the period of daily operation, the Crescent will carry additional sleeping car and coach capacity to accommodate the extraordinary customer demand. Georgia travel and tourism authorities have warned that automobile traffic to and through Atlanta during the Olympics will be severely restricted and train-to-transit transfers are encouraged.
The Crescent will continue to make its regular stop at the conveniently-located Amtrak Brookwood (Peachtree) Station at 1688 Peachtree St., NW, between Buckhead and midtown Atlanta. This station is being upgraded to increase passenger comfort and ease the handling of baggage. Additional MARTA bus service will be available at the station for travel to MARTA rail stations and to Olympic venues.
Amtrak will also be offering "New Orleans Getaway" packages for Atlantans seeking to leave their city during the exceptional hustle and bustle of the Olympic Games period.
The Crescent is an all-reserved train equipped with coaches, sleeping cars, diner and lounge. First-class customers receive Crescent Gold Service, including a free gift and complimentary meals featuring regional cuisine. Coach customers also are invited to enjoy the dining car or purchase meals in the lounge.
The Crescent also features the acclaimed new Viewliner sleeping cars, which feature at-seat video and audio entertainment, washroom facilities in each compartment and bedroom, showers and two rows of windows for additional scenery and light.
In addition to New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of , Atlanta and New Orleans, the Crescent serves Philadelphia; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; Charlottesville and Lynchburg, Va.; Charlotte, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Meridian and Hattiesburg, Miss., and other intermediate stops.
Normally, the Crescent (Trains #19 & 20) operates daily between New York and Atlanta and quadweekly between Atlanta and New Orleans. The first additional southbound train departs New York on July 17 and the first additional northbound train departs New Orleans on July 19. The last additional southbound train departs New York on Aug. 7 and the last additional northbound train departs New Orleans on Aug. 9.
Please see an authorized Amtrak travel agent, visit a staffed Amtrak station or call 1-800-USA-RAIL for information and reservations on the Crescent and any other Amtrak service.
/CONTACT: Dave White, 504-528-1602, or Marc Magliari, 312-655-1338, both of Amtrak/
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