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Gulf Coast leaders push to new passenger train service

8 months 4 days 7 hours ago Wednesday, July 19 2017 Jul 19, 2017 July 19, 2017 6:37 AM July 19, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press

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.

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