BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – One year after Amtrak made a big splash with a proposal to bring passenger service back to the coast, supporters are working to make the plan more attractive.
In 2016, a special Amtrak train made stops on the coast in an effort to get people excited about a proposal to bring passenger service back to our area for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. The concept is to create service from Orlando to New Orleans.
Earlier this year, the federal railroad administration awarded grants to 11 communities in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi for projects to enhance the plan. Four cities on the coast have received grants. Pascagoula received $652,000, Bay St. Louis $55,000, Gulfport $190,000 and Biloxi $252,000.