Amtrak to Inspect Tallahassee Train Station

Posted at 5:30 PM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 18:31:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- The recent promotion of Amtrak in North Florida has many excited about its possible return to the Capital City.

The Tallahassee station has been out of use for more than a decade, but there are real efforts to bring back service.

In February, an Amtrak inspection tour stopped by the station to a huge crowd voicing their support for restoring service.

Former Tallahassee mayor John Marks is a part of the Gulf Coast Rail Working Group -- a team of 30 members commissioned by Congress to look into the logistics of resuming service.

"The Amtrak service from New Orleans to Orlando has been authorized," Marks said. "The problem now? We don't have the money yet, and the reason for that is because they don't really know how much it will cost. So, now we're going through the process of looking to make a determination that's exactly -- or as close as we can. How much will this passenger rail service cost?"

Amtrak officials will inspect the station Wednesday morning to start determining what needs to be done to bring back service.

The Gulf Coast Rail Working Group will meet Thursday in Alabama as part of its monthly meetings.

The group is scheduled to meet in Tallahassee in July.