This restored service will continue the economic recovery of communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina, enhance corridor mobility and safety, and allow for safer and more efficient hurricane evacuations by providing a daily passenger service that is business and tourism friendly.
— Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards
This service will provide jobs, economic development opportunities, and improved connections for residents and additional travel options for tourists. If implemented properly, passenger service will not only create economic success for the Gulf Coast states but will bring connectivity and build communities…I am very encouraged by the possibilities passenger rail service may provide for Mississippi and the entire Gulf Coast.
— Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant

The SRC engages and informs public and private rail interests to support and influence Southeast rail initiatives.