Amtrak Gulf Coast training begins and safety campaign kicks off tomorrow

The next step in getting passenger rail service restored in South Mississippi takes place this week.

Amtrak train crews are on the Coast performing required trips and stops to familiarize themselves with the four stops they’ll be making here on the Coast.

Tomorrow, officials from Amtrak, the Southern Rail Commission, and other state and local transportation officials will kick off a public safety awareness campaign called ‘Operation Lifesaver’ to educate the public on safety measures and safety awareness near Amtrak trains.

That campaign will kick off at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Amtrak stop in Pascagoula and at noon at the stop in Gulfport.

As for when Amtrak services will begin on the Coast? An official date has not been set, but officials say it will be some time this year.

Once service does begin, there will be stops in Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Biloxi, and Pascagoula.