Amtrak $5.4 Million Grant Brings New Orleans to Mobile Route One Step Closer – Mississippi Mondays May 4, 2020

Saw this article and decided it was a good choice for this week’s Mississippi Mondays post. I also included the NOLA article as the newspaper article may want a subscription to view. Finally got the newspaper article to load, blame my Internet connection issues, and I didn’t need to subscribe.

Amtrak New Orleans to Mobile route one step closer https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nola.com/news/article_8d5b97ba-8d73-11ea-8e70-5fdcc71b2470.amp.html .

The above article is based off my home county’s newspaper – https://amp.sunherald.com/news/local/article242460926.html.

The route was interrupted after Hurricane Katrina hit the Coast in August 2005. I posted previously about attempts to bring it back –

Mobile dims chances for Amtrak renewal on Gulf Coast — Mississippi Business Journal January 22, 2020

Mobile, Alabama to decide key issue on Amtrak future on Gulf Coast — Mississippi Business Journal

Chao announces grant to support Gulf Coast train project — Mississippi Business Journal.

It would be nice to travel by train from here although it would probably be quicker to travel from Oklahoma City (OKC) to New Orleans (NOLA) as the route would be more direct. Back before Katrina, I checked going from Newton to Gulfport and it was 30+ hours as it went through Chicago or other northern cities before going south. Also, it was twice as expensive as flying unless a sale was available for the route. That makes flying a faster and cheaper option.

Follow-up: it’s cheaper OKC – NOLA, but time estimates are only somewhat shorter (bit over 29 hours) to much longer (55+ hours).

When I first moved to Wichita, Greyhound Bus took 28 hours and was much cheaper. It’s still pretty cheap and takes about 30 hours one way.

About ICT Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's collaborateDealspotr.com
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