Join us in support of restored gulf coast passenger rail!
When: Monday, June 18, 2018 – 2:00 pm
Where: Gulfport Train Depot - 1419 27th Avenue (click for map)
Who: Tom King, MDOT District 1 Commissioner
Knox Ross, Vice Chair, Southern Rail Commission
Yuanyuan Zhang, PhD, Professor of Research, Trent Lott National Center, University of Southern MS
John Robert Smith, Chair, Transportation for America; Former Mayor, Meridian, MS
Why: The Trent Lott National Center at the University of Southern Mississippi has prepared a report detailing the economic benefits to the Mississippi taxpayers of restored passenger rail along the gulf coast.
The key finding from this report estimates the return on investment for this train is between $64 million and $525 million annually depending on the increase in tourism.
Federal funding is available for the restoration of passenger rail service along the gulf coast, and the deadline to apply for it is June 21st. These grants require a non-federal match. A combined state-local commitment is envisioned to cover the $14.82 million needed from Mississippi.
The Governor is working with the three coastal counties to secure the non-federal match required to make this service a reality. These funds would flow over several years so the Governor and localities will never have to write a check for all the money at one time.
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