GULF COAST STAKEHOLDERS - CALL TO ACTION!

Our legislative leaders in Washington are working right now with the FY18 Federal budget. Several key programs that are critical for passenger rail are at stake. 

Please TAKE ACTION NOW and send members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees letters that express your support for funding essential programs in the FY18 budget that will benefit the Gulf Coast Passenger Rail project. These letters can be sent by email or U.S. Post. Your letters will join with others being sent by key stakeholders across America’s Gulf Coast,  including mayors of communities along the suspended route, businesses, chambers of commerce, and economic development organizations. Please join in sending these letters and making clear our region’s support for these vitally needed rail programs.

Our support is focused on:

►  CONTINUED FUNDING FOR AMTRAK’s LONG DISTANCE INTERCITY NETWORK

Without the Long-Distance Network, there will be no Gulf Coast service of any kind

►  SUPPORT THE RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF A DAILY GULF COAST PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE

►  FULLY FUNDING AND IMPLEMENTING ALL PASSENGER RAIL PROGRAMS CREATED BY THE FAST ACT OF 2015

There IS strong bipartisan support in our legislative leadership for improving the nation’s passenger rail service, and especially to restore service across America’s Gulf Coast.  But these leaders need to hear not only from the Mayors, businesses, and planning organizations, but from everyone involved in generating economic resilience in our region – and that means YOU.  This show of regional support will help back up their continuing legislative efforts and keep rail programs funded. These letters will give them additional evidence that we want passenger rail service supporting the economic growth of our communities !

template letters to House & senate commerce

To download Template Letter to House Commerce Committee, CLICK HERE

To download Template Letter to Senate Commerce Committee, CLICK HERE

 

Gulf Coast Stakeholder Update Meetings

April 11-13, 2017,  the SRC and Amtrak are hosting meetings in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana to update stakeholders on progress made since they operated an inspection train tour across the Gulf Coast route in Feb. 2016 and to share the next steps necessary to bring new Amtrak service to reality.

Meetings will be held in Jacksonville, Live Oak and Marianna, Fla.; Mobile, Ala.; Gulfport, Miss.; and New Orleans.

Schedu le:

Apr. 11:

Florida:
Jacksonville, 9:30 a.m., North Florida Transportation Planning Organization; 980 N. Jefferson St.
Live Oak, 1:30 p.m.; 208 N. Ohio Ave.

Apr. 12:

Florida:
Marianna, 10 a.m., 2875 Caledonia St. Alabama:
Mobile, 4 p.m., Government Plaza, Multi- Purpose Room; 205 Government St.

Apr. 13:

Mississippi:
Gulfport, 10 a.m., City Hall,
2309 15th St.

Louisiana:
New Orleans, 2:30 p.m. Regional Planning Commission, 10 Veterans Blvd.

All times local.


agenda overview:

  • Introduction/Remarks
  • FRA Gulf Coast Working Group Report
  • SRC/ FRA Station Improvement-Rail Safety Grant Program
  • Amtrak’s position on the Gulf Coast Project:
    • Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman letter to the Southern Rail Commission
    • Budget proposal and what it means for service restoration for the Gulf States
    • Local leadership support - GCPR & Amtrak’s Long Distance network
  • Next Steps:
    • Grass roots campaign to build support at all levels: Federal, state & local (LA, MS, AL & FL)
    • Continue working with host railroad(s) on the capital numbers and necessary agreements
    • Expanding the political support and securing the finances necessary to initiate service
    • Securing the operating agreement(s) in order to establish a start date
  • Questions & Answers


VIDEOS

The town of Live Oak, Florida presented testimonies in support of passenger rail service to their community.