Passenger rail service could be returning to South Mississippi. An Amtrak study suggests more than 150,000 passengers may use the passenger service between Orlando and New Orleans with stops along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
We don't yet know just what the Amtrak train return will cost in infrastructure improvements, but we support the initial effort to see if this is feasible. Before the decision is made to move forward, Amtrak must resolve the old issue of late departures and arrivals. If this program is to be a success, riders must be able to depart and arrive on time. Private railroads own most of the rail lines.
Amtrak's new deal with the railroads must limit the amount of time the railroads force the passenger trains to sit on side tracks waiting for freight trains to pass. Done right, the economic impact of the return of passenger rail service could be great for South Mississippi.
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