Chao announces grant to support Gulf Coast train project

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The U.S. Department of Transportation secretary says federal funding has been awarded to Mississippi to support the return of passenger rail service between New Orleans and Mobile.

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Transportation secretary says federal funding has been awarded to Mississippi to support the return of passenger rail service between New Orleans and Mobile.

Elaine Chao said Thursday, at the Coastal Region Transportation Summit in Biloxi, that Mississippi is getting more than $21 million for infrastructure improvements. That includes a $4.3 million grant for the Southern Rail Commission to support the return of passenger rail service along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and $16.8 million to replace 12 bridges in rural Mississippi counties.

In 2005, Amtrak suspended its Sunset Limited train service between New Orleans and Orlando, Florida, due to damage to rail lines caused by Hurricane Katrina.

The Sun Herald reports Chao says Mississippi is one of only two states to get funding for two projects.

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