Amtrak passenger service on track for rail service across Gulf Coast from New Orleans to Orlando
BILOXI, Miss. — Five weeks ago, an Amtrak inspection train rolled across south Mississippi for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.
On Wednesday, officials met in Biloxi to move forward plans of restoring passenger rail service across the Gulf Coast from New Orleans to Orlando, Florida.
Officials from CSX, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker’s office, the Federal Railway Administration and states and cities involved met to get a report concerning the project to Congress by a Sept. 4 deadline.
Mark Murphy, general manager of long distance service for Amtrak, said lawmakers want to see a preferred route, what infrastructure and repairs are needed to operate, the cost of restoring train service and funding sources.