Amtrak service on track to return to the Coast in 2022
Amtrak is set to make a comeback on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2022.
With the return of the passenger train that means cities along the area will see a boost in tourism and more money being brought into the area.
Next year Amtrak will run from Mobile to New Orleans, making stops in Pascagoula, Biloxi, Gulfport, and Bay St. Louis. With these station stops it will bring a lot of people to the area. Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich tells News 25 he is looking forward to it. “This is certainly going to open a door for tourism and another way to get to our Coast and to Biloxi to the tourism and to those opportunities we are going to have here over the course of time.”
The daily passenger rail service will feature two business friendly road trips each morning and evening. The stops will allow people to get off, stay, and learn more about the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Main Street Pascagoula Executive Director Rebecca Davis says this is going to help the downtown area. “With Amtrak coming and stopping, they’re going to get a chance to see what’s going on in downtown and we have restaurants that have reinvented themselves and brought downtown living into Pascagoula where we did not have it before.”
Passenger trains last served the coastal region before Hurricane Katrina badly damaged tracks and other railroad infrastructure in 2005. “There was a train connection between New Orleans and on the Coast for a number of years, the hurricanes have changed a lot of that. I think it’s been 15 years since regular service has been available so we are excited about that connection.”
The exact date for the first passenger train next year has not been set.