• Amtrak New Gulf Coast Service - New Orleans to Mobile AL

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Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

Moderators: GirlOnTheTrain, mtuandrew, Tadman

  by west point
 
Why can't Amtrak at least park a trailer for an office? Or is Mobile be an unstaffed station? Of course, a trailer would mean bathroom facilities might be needed??
  by STrRedWolf
 
west point wrote: Wed Apr 03, 2024 1:15 pm Why can't Amtrak at least park a trailer for an office? Or is Mobile be an unstaffed station? Of course, a trailer would mean bathroom facilities might be needed??
Just use the one that was at BWI Airport for a while, hire a vendor for the news stand, and have porta-potties.

But yeah, I kinda wonder why there wasn't a station building in Mobile...
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
Mr. Wolf, the relatively new L&N station at Mobile was chopped down after Sunset East "sunsetted". The G,M,&O station stands, but is now headquarters for the Mobile municipal mass transit agency, i.e. busses.
  by Tadman
 
The GM&O and Southern stations, side by side, are built to receive trains from the north. If you look at the map, the Southern comes right down the River and US 43 from the due north. The GM&O comes in from the northwest and has a junction by I-65 where a belt line goes around town in both directions. Passenger trains would come in on the northern leg of the belt around the northern half of town until they looped to the east side on the river, where it would parallel I-165 and drop down to the adjacent GM&O station. Serving either station would require monumental track building. It would also require trains to go through a very busy yard or around the belt line, which could add an hour in either case.

The best option is to build a small station either downtown or Brookley airport and get it over with.
  by Jeff Smith
 
Skepticism: Fox10TV.com
Amtrak plans to return to Mobile, but will there be enough passengers?

Skeptics point to company’s own ridership projections for proposed Gulf Coast rail service: 37 riders per train, per day


MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - If all goes according to plan, Amtrak trains will begin rolling from here to New Orleans in October, but the passenger rail company’s own projections indicate the trains will have lots of empty seats.

The route between Mobile and New Orleans would become one of nearly 30 “state-supported” lines operated by Amtrak across the country with the help of state and local government subsidies. But Bill Stephens, a columnist with Trains Magazine, pointed to projections produced a couple years ago that anticipated anemic ridership along the Gulf Coast.

“My concern with the Mobile service is that the operating loss per passenger is projected to be almost four times more than any other state supported route,” he told FOX10 News.
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