Officials Meet to Discuss Amtrak
Scheduling and safety are being cited as the top two tasks for laying the groundwork for Amtrak’s possible return to the Coast.
Officials and local leaders from Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties gathered to discuss restoring passenger rail services on the Coast.
Railway safety and risk assessment led the agenda at the meeting. U.S. Senator Roger Wicker says a railway stretching from Florida to New Orleans could be a win-win situation for the Coast and CSX Railways.
He tells News 25 a railway passenger service could cut back on some of the problems on highly traveled highways like Interstate 10. “Problems, tie-ups, closures on Interstate 10 and a part of that is just the excessive traffic. If we can provide another alternative to getting back and forth between the Coast and New Orleans, the Gulf Coast and Mobile then that will relieve some of the pressure we have on interstate highways.”
After seeing all the support from the Coast during Amtrak’s trial run in February, Wicker says there’s not a doubt the railway will have passengers.
The deadline to have all the plans together for the railway is September 4th.