Gulf Coast leaders push to new passenger train service
BILOXI, Miss. - Community leaders along the Gulf Coast are pushing for a new passenger train route that would serve communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
The Gulf Coast Working Group is recommending that Congress consider two Amtrak routes - a New Orleans to Orlando, Florida daily round trip route and a New Orleans to Mobile, Alabama daily round trip.
The recommendations from the Gulf Coast Working Group are outlined in a report issued Monday.
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi, says the study shows that passenger rail service could be restored along the Coast quickly and at a reasonable cost.
Democrats have warned that early budget proposals from President Donald Trump have suggested cutting subsidies for Amtrak's long-distance routes.