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Amtrak on track to return to Gulf Coast

BILOXI — Five weeks ago an Amtrak inspection train rolled across South Mississippi for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.

On Wednesday, The Sun Herald reports officials met in Biloxi to move along the dream of restoring passenger rail service across the Gulf Coast.

Mark Murphy, general manager of long distance service for Amtrak, says lawmakers want to see a preferred route, what infrastructure and repairs are needed to operate, the cost of restoring train service, and funding sources.

They suggested a daily round-trip train from New Orleans through South Mississippi to Mobile and a long-distance train that would connect from New Orleans to Orlando through Jacksonville, Florida.

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