Gulf Breeze

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The Gulf Breeze was a daily passenger train operated by Amtrak which linked Birmingham with Mobile with stops in Montgomery, Greenville, Evergreen, Brewton, Atmore, and Bay Minette.

Riders could connect to the Crescent route in Birmingham for through service as far as New York City, or switch to a separate Crescent train to New Orleans, Louisiana. At Mobile, the Gulf Breeze connected to the Sunset Limited which ran between Los Angeles, California and Orlando, Florida.

The Gulf Breeze was funded in part with an annual appropriation of $1.3 million from the State of Alabama. It made its debut on October 27, 1989. The northbound train arrived at the Birmingham Amtrak Station downtown at 11:08 AM, and the southbound train departed Birmingham at 12:23 PM.

The route served 7,737 passengers during fiscal year 1994. In December of that year, Amtrak announced that it would discontinue the route as a cost-cutting measure. The final run was made on April 1, 1995, after which an Amtrak Thruway motor coach was used to make connections.

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