Mobile City Council supports Amtrak restoration

The long-awaited Amtrak service is one step closer to being back on the Coast.

In Mobile, the City Council, by a vote of 6 to 1, approved a letter of support to the transportation department for a federal grant to restore the rail service between Mobile and New Orleans.

Mississippi will contribute $15 million toward the renewed service that was halted when Hurricane Katrina damaged train tracks across the region.

Cecilia Dobbs Walton with the City of Biloxi says they’ve seen a positive response in bringing the Amtrak back and it will be a great addition to the growing downtown area. “A couple of years ago when this idea came back, there was a rally that was held in different cities throughout the Coast, and when that event was held there was just large amounts of people in Biloxi and that just showed how much the Coast would love to have that rail service return. I think it will bring more and more visitors, and of course with our downtown growth, more things coming along, it will just all add to the allure of being in Biloxi.”

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

The City of Biloxi has already been approved for funding to build the $400,000 platform for the rail station.

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