Posts Tagged ‘railroad’

RAEM launches study on wood pellet market’s impact on railroads

WAYNESBORO — The Rail Authority of East Mississippi (RAEM) has initiated a study to analyze the growing global wood pellet market and its financial impact on the construction of a new rail line connecting Waynesboro to Lucedale. RAEM’s previous economic studies demonstrated forest products will be the primary user of the new rail line, and […] [...]

Investigation underway into train derailment that left one injured

LUMBERTON — A locomotive and nine cars of a northbound Norfolk Southern freight train derailed yesterday near Lumberton. The cause of the accident, which happened between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m., is under investigation. Lamar County Emergency Director James Smith says eight of the nine cars that left the track were empty, while the other […] [...]

Rail commission applies for grant to restore Coast passenger service

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Southern Rail Commission (SRC) has applied for a $1-million TIGER planning grant that would assess the feasibility of intermodal needs for restoring intercity passenger rail operations to a daily service along the Gulf Coast. These funds would be used to examine transportation gaps, determine the most advantageous station locations, capital […] [...]

Port traffic increases with Genesis expansion

NATCHEZ — Genesis Energy expects to be handling as many as 36,500 rail cars annually at its terminal in Natchez by the end of the year. Genesis Energy president Steve Nathanson tells The Natchez Democrat that the company has expanded its customer base at the Natchez-Adams County Port terminal since starting operations. “We began handling […] [...]

City leaders mulling plan to reduce noise at rail crossings

TUPELO — Authorities in Tupelo are looking into establishing “quiet zones” at railroad crossings. The plan would entail increasing security by installing crossing arms, and in some cases additional lights, at the crossings so engineers would not have to sound their horns as they move through the area. WTVA-TV reports the project, if approved by […] [...]

Commission, rail company disagree over bridge fees

VICKSBURG — The Vicksburg Bridge Commission and the Kansas City Southern Railway have been at odds for eight years on what the railroad will pay to run trains across the Mississippi River on the old U.S. Highway 80 bridge. In September 2005, the five-member commission adopted a per-car rate of $14 — more than triple […] [...]

Bond bill to fund studies for rail project

The bond bill Gov. Phil Bryant signed April 25 may help a rail project in East Mississippi. The $196 million bill has in it $1 million to support the East Mississippi Intermodal Rail Corridor, which would develop 56 miles of railroad that would offer continuous rail service along the state’s eastern border. It would connect […] [...]

City gets getting six-digit grants from MDOT for depot project

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez’s plans to renovate the former railroad depot downtown have picked up a little steam. Mayor Butch Brown tells The Natchez Democrat the Mississippi Department of Transportation awarded the city $250,000 for the depot project and will award another $250,000 in the fall and $200,000-$250,000 next spring. The city is […] [...]

Railcar repair facility coming, bringing 40 new jobs

BROOKHAVEN — American Railcar Industries will locate a railcar repair facility in Brookhaven and bring in as many as 40 new jobs, according to a published report. The Daily Leader reports the formal announcement was coming today from Gov. Phil Bryant and company and local officials. The newspaper reports recent public notices say Brookhaven will […] [...]

Legislators comfortable with nearly $200M bond package

JACKSON — Top Mississippi lawmakers say they’ve agreed on a bond package of about $200 million for the coming year. Senate Finance Committee chairman Joey Fillingane says that includes about $96 million to be divided among the eight universities, including the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The package also has about $25 million for community […] [...]

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