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Travel Amtrak to Restore Service Between Alabama and Louisiana for the First Time Since Hurricane Katrina

23:35  15 february  2020
23:35  15 february  2020 Source:   travelandleisure.com

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According to Alabama news outlet, AL .com, the Mobile City Council recently voted to restore some Amtrak service between Mobile and New Orleans. This decision would mean that this particular route will return for the first time since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In the 6-1 vote on Feb.

Hurricane Katrina pounds Gulf Coast with devastating force, sparing New Orleans catastrophic hit but killing dozens in neighboring Mississippi; it rips Jim Pollard, a spokesman for the Harrison County emergency operations center, said many of the dead were found in an apartment complex in Biloxi.

A plan for Amtrak to return to serving the Gulf Coast is in the works.

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According to Alabama news outlet, AL.com, the Mobile City Council recently voted to restore a specific Amtrak route between Mobile and New Orleans earlier this month. This decision would mean that this particular route will return for the first time since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

In the 6-1 vote on Feb. 4, AL reported that the council decided to dedicate $3 million for four trains to run daily — morning and evening — between Mobile and New Orleans.

“This is a positive and it sends a clear message that Mobilians want to see this train moving,” Wiley Blankenship, a representative of the Southern Rail Commission (SRC) and president and CEO of the Coastal Alabama Partnership, said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. We can celebrate this one small milestone, but we have to secure infrastructure and we have to help the city find a way to secure (money) to build the station out.”

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Hurricane Katrina Makes Landfall as Category 3 status at 6:10 AM local time near Buras-Triumph, Louisiana with sustained windspeeds of Amtrak resumed passenger rail service to New Orleans bringing mass ground transportation back to the city for the first time since Hurricane Katrina Struck.

Hurricane Katrina was a destructive Category 5 storm that made landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast in Hundreds of thousands of people in Louisiana , Mississippi and Alabama were displaced from their That day, the National Weather Service predicted that after the storm hit, “most of the [Gulf Coast]

The Mobile City Council has also named some contingencies around its financial commitment, namely a study measuring how passenger rail could impact the local freight rail system.

Additionally, some opponents of this new initiative have cited possibly heavy burdens on taxpayers as well in terms of providing revenue and paying for operating the line, with one council member referring to the project as "a joy ride for the affluent.”

Still, the return of more rail travel could be a win for environmentally conscious travelers.

According to The Lonely Planet, tourists and locals along the Gulf Coast have been opting for air and road travel to get to New Orleans, as well as other Southern cities for years since Katrina.

Now, with the issue of climate change looming and “flight shaming” becoming more of the norm, train travel across the country has also become more popular.

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First , the day after Katrina hit the Gulf coast our Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety The Department has made down payments to the States of Louisiana and Mississippi for emergency relief. At the Port of South Louisiana , power has been restored to most of the large grain terminals

In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina , Louisiana ’s losses have overshadowed the restorative steps it has taken. Many land restoration projects in Louisiana are under way or completed.Credit William Widmer for The New York Times .

Amtrak suspends nonstop Acela service between DC and New York due to coronavirus .
The Acela nonstop service will be temporarily suspended starting Tuesday, March 10 until Tuesday, May 26. Amtrak said it would remove train cars or cancel trains altogether when other alternatives are available for customers. The company cited reduced demand for train service. Amtrak has also waived change fees on all existing or new reservations made before April 30."While there are no current travel restrictions on Amtrak, we understand customers may have concerns," the company said in a statement. "As a valued customer, we are waiving change fees on all existing or new reservations made before April 30, 2020.

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