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.

The service was halted in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina damaged train tracks across the region.

Today, the council approved a $3 million city spending commitment over the course of three years.

Mississippi will contribute $15 million toward the renewed service and Louisiana will pitch in $10 million. These contributions will be matched by federal dollars in a grant application by the Southern Rail Commission.

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.

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