October 2009 Archives
The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 mandated Amtrak to develop a plan for restoring service to the Florida Panhandle. The report was submitted to Congress with options, timelines and cost.
Rail service to the Florida Panhandle was suspended in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina caused massive damage to the rail infrastructure between New Orleans, LA and Mobile, AL. Amtrak responded to Congress' mandate with a report identifying the options, timelines and the cost to repair the rail infrastructure. They also identified the need for legislative action for additional funding.