Mobile Delays Seeking State Funds for Amtrak Train

The Mobile (Alabama) City Council has delayed its plans seek state funds to help pay for a resumption of Amtrak service to the Gulf Coast.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson is worried that passenger trains could block access to the city’s cruise ship terminal while council member Joel Daves said there are too many unanswered questions about the proposed service.

The council is considering a resolution asking Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to commit state funds for Amtrak service.

Her support for that is iffy given that she had earlier echoed the concerns of the CEO of the Alabama State Port Authority about Amtrak interfering with freight train service to the port.

The proposed service would link New Orleans and Jacksonville, Florida, on a route once used by Amtrak’s Sunset Limited.

Leading the effort has been the Southern Rail Commission, which has helped to win a $33 million federal grant for the service.

Mississippi has pledged $15 million toward the service while Louisiana has agreed to pay $10 million. Alabama’s share would be $2.7 million share.

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