The Clarion-Ledger, 10/20/8

Amtrak can begin the process of restoring service through Mississippi between New Orleans and Sanford, Fla., now that President Bush has signed a five-year authorization of the rail service, says 4th District U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor.

The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008, which Bush signed into law last week, instructs Amtrak to report its plan to restore passenger rail service between New Orleans and Sanford, Fla.

“This is a big step in restoring the Sunset Limited route, which is so important to communities along the coast,” Taylor said in a news release.

One provision of the act is $1 million for Amtrak to conduct the study of the Sunset Limited route that was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina. Amtrak must submit the report within nine months.