Proposed Amtrak Cuts Hurt Local Restoration Plan

Amtrak Funding Cuts
Posted at 3:43 PM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-27 05:49:11-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The federal budget proposed by the Trump administration could end plans to restore Amtrak train service to Tallahassee.

Over the past couple years, Amtrak has made stops in Marianna, Tallahassee and Live Oak. Service was suspended after hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Last year, Amtrak went on an inspection tour along the Gulf Coast in an efforts to get more community interest.

However, the federal budget would cut funding for Florida's three existing routes and hamper plans for renewed service to the capital city.

Former Tallahassee mayor John Marks has been part of a federal panel that's been looking into restoring service here.

"It does not help us at all," Marks said. "We want to restore service between New Orleans and Jacksonville -- and obviously through Tallahassee -- and we've been working on this for several years now. But, unfortunately, the present administration does not believe that's something that they should support."

In a statement, Florida Senator Bill Nelson said, "Eliminating Amtrak service in Florida not only affects the nearly one million Floridians who ride the train each year, it would have a real impact on our tourism driven economy."