Analysis: Why the STB’s ruling on Amtrak’s Gulf Coast case matters

After more than five years of data-driven and federally led studies, Amtrak initiated a process before the Surface Transportation Board in 2021 to require CSX and NS to permit the operation of two daily Amtrak trains between New Orleans and Mobile. Amtrak

The Surface Transportation Board’s review of Amtrak’s petition to relaunch Gulf Coast service kicked into high gear earlier this month. Amtrak has appealed to the STB to require CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway to allow Amtrak trains to use the Class Is’ Gulf Coast infrastructure. The case has ramifications for passenger-rail service beyond the Gulf Coast. 


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