Local newspaper: Gulf Coast wants two trains: One NOL to Orlando, the other NOL to Mobile.
That Mobile-New Orleans route will be a great corridor someday. It's short enuff that business types could leave one city around breakfast time, spend the day in meetings, and return home before bedtime. The casinos along the Mississippi Coast will attract riders. And they will produce them: It's easy to imagine visitors in the beachfront hotels grabbing a train for a day trip to the city.
Meanwhile, a route Baton Rouge-New Orleans has been talked about and studied for years. Corridor trains there may have to wait until the Florida train is operating successfully to build solid support for state-financed operating costs. Of course, the Florida and Mobile trains would feed passengers to the Baton Rouge train, and vice versa.
Louisiana has plenty of gambling opportunities, so the Mississippi casinos would not be a big draw. But Louisiana has basically no beaches -- certainly none to compete with those on the Mississippi Coast. (Sand is pumped to create and maintain these beaches by the Army Corps of Engineers, thus making them, like Amtrak, a service paid for by federal funds.)
Both the Mobile and Baton Rouge corridors would use freed-up Horizon coaches, if their replacements ever arrive on the Midwest corridors.