Biloxi Among Cities to Receive Passenger Rail Funds

From:  City of Biloxi  12/21/16   GCN

The Southern Rail Commission has awarded Biloxi with a grant of more than $250,000 for improvements for passenger rail service on the Gulf Coast.

The announcement was made on Monday by the SRC which awarded more than $1 million to four coastal cities: Biloxi, Gulfport, Bay St. Louis and Pascagoula.

“This is a big step forward,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said.  “Amtrak passenger rail service is something that Biloxi, the cities on the Gulf Coast and the Southern Rail Commission has advocated for years and this award will help us to achieve this great economic and tourism development.”

The grant, which will be matched with funds by the city, is for station-area planning and construction projects and will cover nearly half of Biloxi’s project budget of $497,000. 

Said Gilich: “Our Biloxi Coast Transit Center in downtown has a waiting area, ticket windows, parking space, cab service, and thousands of hotel rooms and family entertainment a short drive or walk away.  Now all we need is a good platform.”

See the funding flyer
See images from the Amtrak stop in Biloxi