The Mississippi Transportation Commission (MTC) recently announced $10.1 million in funding for intermodal projects throughout the state.
The commission approved the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) to award grants to regional and municipal airports, ports, railroads and public transit systems throughout Mississippi.
“MDOT’s responsibilities include maintaining and improving the state’s highways and interstates, but also focuses on providing a safe intermodal transportation network for airports, ports and waterways, railroads and public transit,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “Each of these modes of transportation play a vital role in transporting people, goods and services that promote economic growth and development throughout Mississippi.”
Funding for these multimodal grants comes from the Multimodal Transportation Improvement Fund. Money from this fund is allocated specifically to support multimodal grants each year. Grant applications, which include project details and funds requested, are reviewed and approved by a multimodal committee specific to each separate mode of transportation.
Eight projects totaling $3.4 million for port improvements were announced. Four projects totaling $1.2 million for railroad improvements were announced.
“Railroads and ports provide safe and efficient movement of goods and services,” said Commissioner Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation District. “These investments will enhance freight traffic and capacity.”
Twenty-three projects totaling $3.6 million for aeronautic improvements were announced.
“Local airports are vital to the economy of a rural state like Mississippi,” said Commissioner Dick Hall, Central Transportation District. “MDOT recognizes the importance making needed improvements that will continue to support local economic growth and development.”
Twenty-two projects totaling $1.9 million for public transit improvements were announced.
“Public transit is vital for many Mississippians,” King said. “These funds will improve public transit systems to help provide mobility options for all Mississippians.”
Eight ports received funding:
- Yellow Creek State Port Authority, $400,000 – operations facility and rail yard.
- Port of Rosedale, $471,396 – road repair and improvement.
- Port of Pascagoula, $480,000 – improvements at South Terminal.
- Lowndes County Port, $739,000 – crawler crane replacement.
- Port of Greenville, $396,000 – port property and facility renovation.
- Port of Amory, $214,286 – raise industrial site elevation.
- Port Bienville, $382,500 – port dock rehabilitation.
- Port of Itawamba, $316,818 – equipment for bulk material handling.
Four railroads received funding:
- Mississippian Railway, $314,820
- Rail Authority of East Mississippi, $247,500
- Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission, $350,00
- Mississippi Alabama Railroad Authority, $297,000
Twenty-three airports received funding:
- Panola County Board of Supervisors, $351,095 – Panola County Airport
- Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission, $345,800 – Stennis International Airport
- City of Brookhaven, $190,193 – Brookhaven-Lincoln County Airport
- City of Cleveland, $25,000 – Cleveland Municipal Airport
- City of Columbia and Marion County, $169,062 – Columbia-Marion County Airport
- City of Columbus and Lowndes County, $199,712 – Columbus-Lowndes County Airport
- Golden Triangle Regional Airport Authority, $199,782 – Golden Triangle Regional Airport
- Copiah County Board of Supervisors, $33,725 – Copiah County Airport
- Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport Authority, $130,321 – Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport
- City of Holly Springs, Marshall County and MCIDA, $312,019 – Holly Springs-Marshall County Airport
- Laurel Airport Authority, $125,369 – Hesler-Noble Field
- City of Louisville and Winston County, $157,584 – Louisville-Winston County Airport
- City of Madison, $56,642 – Bruce Campbell Field
- City of Magee, $41,620 – Magee Municipal Airport
- Meridian Airport Authority, $68,725 – Key Field
- City of New Albany and Union County, $37,900 – New Albany-Union County Airport
- City of Okolona, $25,943 – Okolona Municipal Airport
- City of Olive Branch, $78,400 – Olive Branch
- Hinds Community College, $575,000 – John Bell Williams Airport
- City of Starkville, $71,540 – George M. Bryan Field
- Tunica County Airport Commission and Tunica County Board of Supervisors, $52,146 – Tunica Airport
- Yazoo County Board of Supervisors, $205,317 – Yazoo County Airport
- City of Vicksburg, $67,320 – Vicksburg Airport
Twenty-two public transits received funding:
- Aaron Henry Community Health Services, $111,343
- Bolivar County Council on Aging, Inc., $145,306
- City of Hattiesburg (Hub City Transit), $13,800
- City of Jackson (JATRAN), $480,000
- Claiborne County Human Resource Agency, $37,080
- Coast Transit Authority, $480,000
- Copiah County Human Resource Agency, $39,666
- Community Development, Inc., $72,349
- D. J. Transit, Inc., $47,446
- Five County Child Development Program, Inc., $11,890
- Hinds County Human Resource Agency, $31,400
- Madison County Citizens Services Agency, $17,558
- Mississippi Band of Choctaw Transit, $38,657
- Mississippi Valley State University Mass Transit, $25,580
- Mount Zion Economic Community Center, Inc., $24,749
- Natchez Transit System, $77,852
- Northeast Mississippi Community Services, $73,200
- Noxubee County Human Resource Agency, $21, 349
- Oxford University Transit, $57,279
- NRoute Transit Commission, $61,632
- South Central Community Action Agency, $29,666
- Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit (SMART), $23,966