Board lets Amtrak move ahead with Gulf Coast passenger plan

Alabama News

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October 02 2021 06:00 pm

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A government agency is letting Amtrak move ahead with work to resume passenger train service between New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama.

The Surface Transportation Board dismissed objections from CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway on Friday and let Amtrak continue with its attempt to gain access to freight lines for passenger trains. Amtrak hopes to begin operating on the northern Gulf Coast in January.

The region has been without passenger service since Hurricane Katrina badly damaged tracks and equipment in 2005.

While Louisiana and Mississippi have supported a resumption, Alabama has withheld funding over concern that Amtrak trains would interfere with freight service at the Port of Mobile.

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