It is essential for transportation in the south and southwest for Amtrak to restore the “suspended” service east of New Orleans.
Gulfport, Mobile, Pensacola and Tallahassee have been without Amtrak service since hurricane Katrina in 1993 2005.
Amtrak has announced a program to upgrade service on the Sunset route. Having put all issues (including scheduling) on the table, and proposing a much needed improvement in Beaumont, Texas, we must presume that Amtrak is serious.
If you will excuse the big word, it is disingenuous to propose that a route, once included in the national system, is now transformed into an exclusive state responsibility.
You can read and sign the national petition here.