$33M awarded to restore Gulf Coast Passenger Rail

Things are coming together for rail service here in South Mississippi.

The Federal Railroad Administration is giving Mississippi $33 million to help improve passenger rail services across the Coast.

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker announced the money would cover half the cost of a nearly $70 million project which is also supported by Mississippi, Louisiana, and Amtrak.

The goal with this project is to restore and improve passenger rails from New Orleans to Orlando across the Gulf Coast states that were impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

Wicker said this project is a symbol of the huge strides Mississippi has made to recover from Hurricane Katrina.

The project will include a stop in Biloxi which should provide an economic boost to the area. Vincent Creel with the City of Biloxi said, “What this means for Biloxi is right there at our stop we have a multi-mobile transit center. That means in 24 months when you step off that train right here you’re going to have cab service, you’re going to have shuttle service, you’re going to have thousands of hotel rooms right around you.”

Although an official completion date has not yet been set, Biloxi leaders say the service should be up and running within the next two years.

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