GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Amtrak service through Mississippi between New Orleans and Sanford, Fla., could be restored now that President Bush has signed a five-year authorization of the rail service.

Bush signed the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of
2008 into law this past week.

U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., says Amtrak's Sunset Limited
route is important to communities along the Gulf Coast. The route
is through Louisiana, Mississippi Alabama and Florida.

Taylor says the act provides $1 million for Amtrak to conduct a
study of the Sunset Limited route, which was disrupted by Hurricane
Katrina. Amtrak must submit the report within nine months on a
projected timeline and costs for restoring service.

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