March 5, 2021 - -

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - After last week’s announcement that the passenger rail service would be returning next year to the Gulf Coast, Amtrak is narrowing that timeframe down a bit.

On Friday, Amtrak announced that it hopes to start running the trains in January 2022.

During the quarterly meeting of the Southern Rail Commission on Friday, Amtrak Vice President of Stations and Accessibility Dr. David Handera made the announcement.

“Amtrak recently dispatched a full team to assess the remaining work underway on stations along the Mobile to New Orleans route to ensure they are ready for passenger rail service to start in 2022,” said Dr. Handera. “Amtrak will work with the cities on a phased approach to initially modify the existing platforms and complete all needed repairs in the path of travel.”

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Editors note: While a segment of the designated Gulf Coast High Speed Rail Corridor extends from Houston to New Orleans, the Texas Transportation Commission, Texas Department of Transportation and the state legislature has declined to participate with Louisiana and other states on the Southern Rail Commission.