Items Types:
Economic Development
For Meeting of:
April 18, 2016
District: ALL From:
Contract ID: Document Number:
Exhibits: Yes On File (City Clerk) : Yes Draft Only: No
Grant Received by City?: No

Resolution Supporting Restoration of Amtrak Passenger Rail Service between New Orleans, Louisiana and Orlando, Florida


In 2004, Hurricane Katrina damaged a portion of rail infrastructure along the Gulf Coast, resulting in Amtrak's suspension of service on the Sunset Limited line from New Orleans through Mobile, Pensacola, Crestview, Chipley, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville to Orlando. 

Since then, CSX and Norfolk Southern have committed to cooperating with Amtrak to restore passenger rail service to the eastern Gulf Coast which will facilitate job creation through development opportunities, enhance tourism, and reduce environmental and roadway impacts due to personal automobile use, thereby having a broad positive economic and environmental impact to the coastal states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. 

The Gulf Coast Rail Service Working Group, created by the Federal Railroad Administration to evaluate the restoration of passenger rail service along the Gulf Coast has requested a resolution of support from the City of Orlando, to be included in the Group's submittal to Congress. 

Fiscal & Efficiency Data: N/A

Recommended Action:
Approve the attached resolution and authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute. 

Agenda Item attachment(s) on file in the City Clerks Office.

Note: All agenda items must be in the City Clerk's office by Noon Friday, six(6) business days prior to the regular Monday City Council meeting.

Contact: Emily Thompson x3759
Approved By:

Department Date and Time
Budget Outside Routing Approval 4/6/2016 4:39 PM
City Clerk 4/6/2016 4:42 PM

Name: Description: Type:
Resolution.Amtrak_Sunset_Limited_Service_Support.docx Resolution Supporting Amtrak Sunset Limited Service Backup Material

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