SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — The Rail Authority of East Mississippi has a $50,000 grant to study whether there is enough demand from the forest products industry to create a short railroad line from Waynesboro to Lucedale.
Executive director Geoffrey Clark says the U.S. Commerce Department provided the money, and Waggoner Engineering will work with Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi on the study.
The Mississippi Press reports that the 50-mile line would cost about $225 million and bring a north-south link near ports in Pascagoula and Mobile.
In a news release, Clark said the timber industry was the primary customer of a railroad through the area in the early 19th century, and may be a primary reason to rebuild it.
Source: The Mississippi Press