Amtrak Could Return to Nortwest Florida

A bill before congress would require Amtrak to restore passenger rail service between New Orleans and Orlando.

The route was discontinued after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast nearly three years ago.

In 1993, the Chipley High School Band played and state dignitaries met for the inaugural run of the "Sunset Limited" Amtrak passenger train.

For the first time in decades, it brought passenger rail service between New Orleans and Central Florida.

Several Panhandle stops included Chipley, Crestview, and Tallahassee.

Amtrak officials are expected to meet with representatives from Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama about bringing the rail system back to the Panhandle.

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