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The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded $33 million to fund major infrastructure and capacity improvements to restore passenger rail service along the Gulf Coast, a huge step forward in the long battle to restore this missing link to the national passenger rail network. The Gulf Coast train was halted in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina severely damaged the route, and never restored—even after host railroad CSX brought the track back into operation for freight trains.
The $33 million award to the Southern Rail Commission will cover half the cost of the $65.9 million project, which will also be supported by a combination of investments from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Amtrak.
“Rail Passengers and our members—from all across the U.S., but especially along the Gulf Coast—have been working doggedly on restoring this critical passenger train corridor, the missing link in the National Network,” said Rail Passengers Association President Jim Mathews. “We thank our members,
This article first appeared on www.railpassengers.org
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