Amtrak Train tour makes Tallahassee stop Feb. 19
Sean Rossman, Democrat staff writer 6:38 p.m. EST January 27, 2016
For the first time in more than a decade, a passenger train will swing
through Tallahassee next month.
Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission will run an inspection train from
New Orleans to Jacksonville on Feb. 18 and 19 as part of a plan to restore
passenger rail service between New Orleans and Orlando.
Hosted by Amtrak president and CEO Joe Boardman, the train will carry
elected officials, industry representatives, community leaders and federal
stakeholders. The goal is to review the railroad infrastructure and its
"economic, culture and mobility opportunities." All members of the
Tallahassee City Commission and Leon County Commission have been invited.
The tour is scheduled to stop for 10 minutes at the Railroad Avenue station
on Feb. 19 at 2:47 p.m.
The train will make 13 other stops. On Feb. 18, it will stop in New Orleans;
four stops in Mississippi: Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Biloxi and Pascagoula;
and two others in Alabama: Mobile and Atmore.
On Feb. 19, it will stop in Pensacola, Crestview, Chipley, Tallahassee,
Madison, Lake City and Jacksonville.
Passenger locomotives haven't traveled east from New Orleans since miles of
track were destroyed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The Southern Rail Commission - an organization that promotes rail service -
intends to restore that route. It recently released an Amtrak report that
includes three models for possible rail service along the Gulf of Mexico.
All three options include stops in Tallahassee.