Southern Rail Commission optimistic about passenger train

“Throngs and throngs of people that turned out, and I think they made a statement that the passenger ship will be there. That the public supports this concept, and we miss the opportunity to have rail service as part of the mix,” Wicker told the Southern Rail Commission.

One of the hurdles these city and county leaders will face is the inevitable closing of more railroad crossings to accommodate the return of passenger train service.

“The possibility of the passenger train brings this to the forefront. You’re going to have an 80 mph train running through there that you haven’t had in 10 years, and you’ve got a lot more traffic running across some of these crossings,” said Knox Ross, with the rail commission.