In New Orleans, city, state, federal, train industry leaders to take ‘inspection ride’

February 17, 2016

By Kelsey Davis, WDSU

NEW ORLEANS —City, state and federal officials and rail industry leaders will take an inspection ride on Thursday to get a better idea of the condition of the infrastructure of a line that was put out of service a decade ago.Website Insert Real Numbers copy

Passenger rail service between New Orleans and Florida has been out of service since Hurricane Katrina. Officials will do an inspection ride to find out the state of the infrastructure. They also hope to get a better idea of the cultural, economic and transportation opportunities of a rail between New Orleans and Florida.

Officials say it’s a major step toward getting passenger service back up and running.

The inspection ride will consist of 12 stops along the line in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The train will arrive in Jacksonville, Florida, sometime Friday night.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and state, federal and rail industry leaders will hold a joint news conference here at the Union Passenger Terminal at 8 a.m. The inspection ride will start at 8:45 a.m.

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