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Ground broken for new intermodal rail facility

ROSSVILLE, Tenn. — Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam recently joined state and local dignitaries and business and community leaders at the groundbreaking for the new Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility in Rossville, Tenn. The $105-million facility is part of the multi-state $2.5-billion Crescent Corridor initiative to establish an efficient, high-capacity intermodal freight rail route between the ...

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Railroad Authority complete as last county joins

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The last link of the Southwest Mississippi Regional Railroad Authority jumped on board with Adams and Franklin counties when the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to join the authority. The railroad authority was created earlier this year through state legislation and the Adams County Board of Supervisors’ own unanimous vote. The Franklin County Board of ...

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Auditor investigating MDOT contract with consultant

JACKSON — The State Auditor’s Office is investigating a Mississippi Department of Transportation contract that reportedly paid a Virginia railroad consultant more than $800,000. Lisa Shoemaker, a spokeswoman for Auditor Stacy Pickering, yesterday confirmed the probe that was first reported by The Sun Herald. The contract paid $100 an hour for railroad advice from Bill Hughes of Hughes Consulting, which ...

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Railroad appealing judgment in adoption case

JACKSON — The Illinois Central Railroad Co. has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that it had no legal standing to challenge the adoption of three children by a dying former employee who was suing the company. The state Court of Appeals ruled against Illinois Central last October. The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the ...

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CSXT, state enter railway security partnership

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — CSX Transportation (CSXT) has entered into a rail security partnership with the State of Mississippi, which represents a model CSXT successfully uses with other states. Terms were not disclosed. The partnership, called SecureNOW, formalizes and enhances CSXT’s ongoing commitment to share information, resources,and strategies to better protect communities in which the company operates. CSXT also has partnerships ...

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Group working to reestablish railroad service

WAYNESBORO — The Rail Authority of East Mississippi (RAEM) has worked diligently to lay the groundwork for re-establishing rail service in Southeast Mississippi. In addition to developing an implementation plan and pursuing grants to assist with funding the project, RAEM has just completed the initial phase of a market study. It is the first step to determine the feasibility of ...

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Executive: No plans to scrap railroad

NATCHEZ — There currently are no formal plans to scrap or sell a 66-mile railroad that runs from Natchez to Brookhaven, according to the railroad’s vice president. “We’re not at that point. We can’t say we guarantee we will operate for the next 25 years. It will certainly depend on success,” Natchez Railway, LLC, vice president Michael Van Wagenen told ...

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Rail tariffs draw opposition

BUDE — Officials with American Railcar Industries and Franklin County are asking help to combat a new train car tariff imposed by the operator of the Brookhaven-to-Natchez line. The tariff is being imposed by Natchez Railway LLC, based in Salt Lake City. It acquired the 66-mile Brookhaven-to-Natchez route in 2009. ARI, a railroad car repair and refurbishing company in Bude, ...

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