Gulf Coast Parties Seek More Time To Work Out A Deal
August 24, 2022
All the warring parties in the dispute over bringing Amtrak service back to the Gulf Coast between New Orleans and Mobile today asked the Surface Transportation Board for another 30-day extension for mediation.
Given that it’s a joint motion from everyone in the dispute, it’s highly likely STB will grant the motion and extend the proceeding for another 30 days.
Under a previous order in June, the Board gave everyone involved until August 25 to file their final evidence in anticipation of a Board ruling while participating in additional mediation.
“The Parties all agree that an additional 30-day period of mediation would be productive as they seek to reach an amicable resolution of this matter,” the parties said in their joint motion today.
"The Rail Passenger Association's recognition of the essential work done by SMART-TD members aboard Amtrak during this difficult period is appreciated. The Golden Spike Award serves as a testament to the compassion and dedication our conductors, assistant conductors and other workers exhibit constantly through times both ordinary and extraordinary."
Jeremy Ferguson, SMART-TD President
December 21, 2021, on the Association awarding its 2021 Golden Spike Award to the Frontline Amtrak Employees.