Written Statement of Administrator Amitabha Bose on Behalf of the U.S. DOT and FRA Before the Surface Transportation Board on Restoration of Gulf Coast Passenger Rail Service
We appreciate the Board’s consideration of Amtrak’s application to re-start passenger service along the Gulf Coast by adding two daily round-trip trains between Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans. In DOT’s view, the Board’s decision here will have far-reaching implications beyond the Gulf Coast. The outcome of this proceeding will be pivotal to the future development of intercity passenger rail in this country.