Toccoa Renovates Amtrak Waiting Room

waiting roomThe waiting room for Amtrak passengers at the historic train depot in downtown Toccoa is the recent recipient of a bit of a facelift.

Back in January, Toccoa City Commissioners authorized staff to use funds to renovate the waiting room made available at the train depot on Alexander Street for those waiting for the Crescent to stop each day in Toccoa.

Those renovations recently wrapped up.

Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said he appreciates the work put in by the city’s Public Works department to complete a job well done.

“We were able to use our Public Works crew to do that,” said Morse.  “They renovated the bathroom, painted, cleaned the floors, added a janitor’s closet with a little sink in it so we can easily maintain that facility.”

Morse said he also appreciates the city commission’s attention to the matter, adding that the waiting room had been in a state of disrepair and was not representative of what the city wanted it to look like for those using it while waiting at the train depot.

He said moving forward, the city expects to play a larger and more active role in ensuring the waiting room is maintained regularly.

“We are communicating with Amtrak,” said Morse about discussions about maintenance in the future.  “I think we are close to resolving something there.”

The Amtrak Crescent train stops at the downtown Toccoa train depot twice a day, once in the morning as it heads south towards Atlanta and New Orleans and again in the evening as it heads north towards Greenville and New York City.

Toccoa is one of only three stops that the Crescent line makes in Georgia.  The other two are Atlanta and Gainesville.