Passenger rail between New Orleans and Orlando being studied

Efforts are ongoing to bring back passenger rail between New Orleans and Orlando, a route that never returned after Hurricane Katrina.

On Wednesday (June 22), the Jefferson Parish Council approved a resolution that would show support for re-establishing the line -- one of many local governments along the route that have weighed in. The Amtrak line would in some ways be an extension of a line currently running from Chicago to New Orleans, though it would pick up additional crews and equipment when it stops in New Orleans, said John Spain, vice chairman of the Southern Rail Commission, who is based in Baton Rouge.

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