Florida Trend – November

Officials in Suwannee County and Live Oak are petitioning Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission (SRC) to make Live Oak a stop as passenger rail service is restored between New Orleans and Jacksonville. No passenger train has run on the line since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. Suwannee County Economic Development Director Dr.…

Passenger rail group finding priorities

Officials tasked with developing a plan to restore passenger rail service throughout the Gulf Coast are barreling toward their September deadline. In anticipation of re-connecting rail service severed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, the 30-member Gulf Coast Rail Working Group is evaluating needed railway improvements, ridership feasibility studies and infrastructure upgrades. The working group was…

Live Oak greets Amtrak

Residents greeted an Amtrak train Friday afternoon as it passed through town on its rail inspection tour that could lead to passenger rail service returning to Live Oak. The crowds gathered beside the tracks at the old freight depot located on North Ohio Avenue (US 129 North) shortly before 4:30 p.m. Terri Burnett brought her…