SUPPORTERS CONTINUE PUSHING FOR GULF COAST PASSENGER TRAINS
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – Gulf Coast residents who want passenger train service from New Orleans to Orlando, Florida, are continuing to push for grant programs to help pay for it.
Supporters such as Knox Ross, the mayor of Pelahatchie, Mississippi, on Tuesday urged members of a Congressional hearing to support the service.
Ross and others said they want the federal government to use two grant programs created in last year’s $325 billion long-term transportation bill to help restore passenger service along the Gulf Coast.
In New Orleans this month, a working group formed in the transportation bill officially met for the first time. The group has nine months to complete its work and report to Congress its findings on how much it might cost to restart the Gulf Coast’s passenger rail service.