The New Amtrak president supports the return of the Gulf Coast passenger rail. There is a new commitment by Amtrak to restore long distance service to the Gulf Coast. There has also been a commitment of an expansion to a passenger rail service. There has been a huge grassroots movement to get this service back.
- Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on all aspects of the Gulf Coast’s transportation network in 2005.
- A key focus of any infrastructure package will include adequate support for underfunded commuter and passenger railroads.
- Amtrak has supported the project throughout, and will continue to do so as we move through the process to inaugurate the service together.
“We are committed to operating both the long-distance and corridor services on the Gulf Coast route as soon as the necessary funding can be arranged, and the necessary agreements are in place to implement the service.”