Mobile City Council expected to vote on Amtrak agreement Tuesday morning

MOBILE, Ala. (WXXV) — Following a week-long delay, the Mobile City Council is expected to make a decision today that will determine the fate of a proposed passenger rail service along the Gulf Coast.

The council is slated to vote on a letter of agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation ahead of tomorrow’s federal grant request deadline.

The meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Samuel L. Jones Government Plaza in downtown Mobile.

If passenger train service is established between New Orleans and Mobile, it will run twice a day with stops in Pascagoula, Biloxi, Gulfport, and Bay St. Louis.

Amtrak’s passenger rail service was halted in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina damaged train tracks across the region.

Mississippi will contribute $15 million toward the renewed service and Louisiana will pitch in $10 million.

An additional $33 million in funding will come from federal grants from the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements program.

The City of Mobile would pay $3 million over the course of three years from 2023 to 2025.

The State of Alabama and Mobile County may also be asked to contribute funding, but Governor Kay Ivey has not previously indicated interest in the rail service.

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