Southern District multimodal grants announced

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – The Mississippi Transportation Commission recently announced $4.4 million in funding for multimodal transportation projects throughout the Southern District.

The commission approved the Mississippi Department of Transportation to award grants to regional and municipal airports, ports, railroads and public transit systems throughout south Mississippi.

“MDOT’s focus stretches far beyond Mississippi’s highways and interstates; it also includes intermodal transportation and its vast network of railroads, airports, public transit, and ports and waterways,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “Each mode of transportation is vital in its own way. Whether it’s by transporting people, goods or services, all modes work together to promote economic growth and development throughout the state.”

Funding for these multimodal grants comes from the Multimodal Transportation Improvement Fund. Money from this fund is allocated specifically to support multimodal grants each year. Grant applications, which include project details and funds requested, are reviewed and approved by a multimodal committee specific to each separate mode of transportation.

Four ports received funding.

  • Port of Pascagoula, $700,000 – south terminal wharf improvement project.
  • Port of Gulfport, $430,000 – north harbor drainage improvements and rail access project.
  • Port Bienville, $395,480 – public dock mooring dolphins.
  • Port of Natchez, $696,046 – construct south liquid loading dock.

One railroad received funding.

  • Port of Bienville Railroad, $400,000

Four airports received funding.

  • Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority, $400,000
  • Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport Authority, $182,000
  • City of McComb and Pike County, $400,000
  • Adams County Board of Supervisors acting by and through the Adams County Airport Commission, $123,750

Six public transits received funding.

  • Coast Transit Authority, $480,000
  • Community Development, Incorporate, $79,589
  • D.J. Transit, Inc., $41,277
  • Five County Child Development Program, Inc., $18,008
  • Mount Zion Economic Community Center, Inc., $14,652
  • Natchez Transit System, $39,829

For more information on MDOT’s multimodal resources and other grants visit

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