- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Officials in Tuscaloosa are seeking money to replace the city’s old passenger train station.

A City Council committee voted Tuesday to select an architect to design the new station and to apply for a grant through the Southern Rail Commission.

Mayor Walt Maddox tells The Tuscaloosa News (https://bit.ly/1VizTCN ) he fears the city will lose Amtrak service unless it invests in a new station.

The passenger rail service stops in Tuscaloosa during its daily trips between New Orleans and Birmingham. The current station is located in western Tuscaloosa, and the new one would be located in an eastern area that was hard hit by the 2011 tornado that killed dozens in the city.

Amtrak’s Tuscaloosa station has about 12,000 passengers annually.

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