MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WPMI) — Walt Maddox has called upon Governor Ivey to help restore Amtrak train services to the gulf coast of Alabama:
I call upon Gov. Ivey to support the proposed restoration of the Amtrak passenger rail line from New Orleans to Mobile, an important transportation service that was lost with hurricane Katrina in 2005. Our sister states of Louisiana and Mississippi are doing the right thing by supporting this project, one which will return many times the investment of state dollars by boosting jobs, tourism, and commerce along the magnificent Alabama gulf coast.
The prestigious Trent Lott National Center at the University of Southern Mississippi has concluded that Alabama’s commitment to contributing a mere $5.3 million over the next three years would return at least that much to our economy in construction spending alone. Even more significantly, the benefit to Alabama’s growing tourism industry ranges from $11.8 million on the low end, up to a realistic potential of $220 million flowing into our economy. Alabama’s gulf coast is a travel destination for tourists and business conventions alike, and new ways to get there means growth in jobs and commerce that benefit our entire state.Continue reading on WJTC UTV44