The Persian Gulf Coast route is a step towards exploring its destiny

The federal council, which will determine whether the Persian Gulf coast returns its Amtrak route, is closer to a decision.

The Territorial Transportation Council on Friday issued an order in which it seeks to resolve questions that Amtrak and the railroad companies want to prove in their upcoming trial, April 4th. the future of the route.

The CSX Transportation company disagreed with Amtrak on the proposed train route, which ran between New Orleans and Mobile with stations in Mississippi. The Amtrak trains, which once roamed the shores of the Persian Gulf, never returned after Hurricane Katrina. A year ago, Amtrak, after reaching an agreement with CSX and another trucking company that owns the routes along the route, approached the Transport Board to manage the route on the freight rail.

In its latest application, the Transport Council asked the railroad companies and Amtrak to talk to the U.S. Coast Guard about the use of the money drawn on the route. The bridges and whether they could be towed and support additional traffic from the passenger train were one of the many points of contention in the course of the debate about the future of the route.

Alabama officials have largely backed the CSX, saying they want to do more research to see if additional passenger trains affect the ability of freight trains to transport goods during public hearings last month. Mississippi leaders, such as U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, said Amtrak’s return to the Persian Gulf has been delayed long enough.

The trial is set to begin in March. CSX asked that they be postponed. They are now held on April 4 and 5 and may be extended until April 7 and 8 if necessary.

Eventually, the council will decide whether the addition of Amtrak routes to freight companies, which operate 11 trains a day on this rail complex, will have an unreasonable impact. Amtrak’s legal right to operate the route of its two proposed trains on freight tracks stems from a 1970 agreement that barred trucking companies from providing public transportation.

The decision of the Transport Council on the Persian Gulf coast is likely to set an example for other cases of access to passenger trains across the country.

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