MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) - A member of the Southern Rail Commission says he's been terminated by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, just one week after strongly urging the Governor to pledge funding for passenger Amtrak service between Mobile and New Orleans.
Jerry Gehman says he received a letter notifying him of the decision, although he says the letter does not give a reason for the termination.
Gehman said his term on the commission was not set to expire until 2020.
News 5 checked and found Gehman has been removed from the Southern Rail Commission website.
Governor Ivey ultimately decided not to pledge the $5 million dollars needed to secure the Amtrak project.
"It has become clear to me that, though some economic benefit may be realized by new passenger rail service, such service will have an outsized detrimental impact on other types of rail service," Gov. Ivey said in a statement, referring to the commercial and freight lines that use the same tracks.