AMTRAK AND SOUTHERN RAIL COMMISSION TO HOST AN INSPECTION TRAIN ACROSS GULF COAST

January 26, 2016

A press release from Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission

AMTRAK AND SOUTHERN RAIL COMMISSION TO HOST AN INSPECTION TRAIN ACROSS GULF COAST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 25, 2016

Fourteen locations in four states to have special stops

CHICAGO — Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission (SRC) are conducting a tour to

examine new ideas for intercity passenger rail by operating an Inspection Train from New

Orleans to Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday, Feb. 18, and Friday, Feb. 19.Website Insert Gathering of Professionals 1 copy

The Inspection Train, hosted by Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman, will carry

elected officials, industry representatives, community leaders and federal stakeholders. The goal

of the invitation-only trip is to examine the existing CSX railroad infrastructure and to better

understand rail’s economic, cultural and mobility opportunities. It will provide an unparalleled

perspective on reintroducing intercity passenger rail along the Gulf Coast.

The special train will be at each of these stations for 10 minutes before departing at the

times below (all times local). Details can be found on the SRC website.

Feb. 18:

􀁸 Louisiana: New Orleans, 8:45 a.m.

􀁸 Mississippi: Bay St. Louis, 10:20 a.m.; Gulfport, 11:00 a.m.; Biloxi, 11:31 a.m.;

Pascagoula, 12:16 p.m.

􀁸 Alabama: Mobile, 1:25 p.m.; Atmore, 2:41 p.m.

Feb. 19:

􀁸 Florida: Pensacola, 8:00 a.m.; Crestview, 9:20 a.m.; Chipley, 11:00 a.m.; Tallahassee,

2:47 p.m.; Madison, 4:24 p.m.; Lake City, 5:35 p.m.; arriving Jacksonville at 7:15 p.m.

The SRC recently released a study by Amtrak detailing the range of feasible service

options accompanied by an analysis of ridership levels, projected revenues, and associated costs

for passenger trains between New Orleans and Orlando. The models in this new study present the

range of service options that will support regional economic resilience and projected population

growth.

Better connections and financial performance has been projected in these models – with

higher ridership and lower costs – than Amtrak services previously considered or operated in the

region. The study can be found here.

“We want to work with community leaders and CSX.” said Boardman. “Additional

regional economic development can come from shared infrastructure investments on a timeline

to better connect the region to the rest of the country and more than 500 other Amtrak

destinations.”

Connecting the cities and towns along the Gulf Coast with passenger rail is one of the top

priority projects for the Southern Rail Commission.

“The Southern Rail Commission is committed to working with local and federal partners,

and Amtrak to make this service a reality in the near future,” said SRC Chairman Greg White.

“We are continuing to align the necessary support for the project.”

 

 

 

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