Federal Railroad Administration Grant Awards: Station Area Planning

On Dec. 19, 2016, the SRC announced the allocations for more than $2 million in funding through the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to 11 communities in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, that are planning for restored and improved passenger rail service.

A total of 11 grants will be awarded to the following communities for station-area planning and construction projects that will ensure safe access and better connectivity to and from the station, improved convenience for riders, updated facilities, and leveraged economic opportunity that comes with station redevelopment: 


City of Anniston
Reconstruct parking area and extend platform

City of Birmingham
Enhancements and construction of new multi-modal station

City of Mobile
Passenger rail station plan development, including a master plan and architectural design

City of Tuscaloosa
New passenger rail station construction

AL total: $728,957


Baton Rouge Station Planning
Detailed station area conceptual plan

City of Gonzales
Detailed site design for new rail station

St. John Parish
Detailed planning and design for new rail station

LA total: $375,000




City of Bay St. Louis
Canopy improvements, trackside improvements, and ADA compliant access

City of Biloxi
Passenger rail platform and pedestrian access connecting to transit station nearby

City of Gulfport
Construction of a new platform canopy with lighting, ADA improvements, sidewalk improvements and landscaping

City of Pascagoula
Improvements to restore the historic train station

MS total: $1,156,543