Southern Rail Commission seeks TIGER grant to study restoration of passenger rail along Gulf Coast

The Southern Rail Commission, an organization advocating for the restoration and extension of a passenger rail service running through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, applied for funds for the cause and has launched a new website featuring updates on its initiatives, according to a report.

The commission is applying for $1 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER grant money to commission a study on the feasibility of intermodal needs for restoring a passenger rail for daily service along the U.S. Gulf Coast that was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina, and extend it between the three states.

SRC said the funds would be used to determine the most advantageous station locations, capital needs, examine transportation gaps and establish potential funding sources. It would also prepare a final report that recommends the restoration of the passenger rail service from New Orleans to Orlando, Fla.

SRC said on its website that it’s targeting other potential states, including Texas, Georgia and Florida.

The commission tapped Transportation for America for its strategic consulting services that would help it identify federal-level opportunities that would support the passenger rail across the three states.

“Transportation for America is a nationally-recognized leader in advising local and regional organizations on how to develop and advance transportation solutions that provide strong return on investment and spur economic growth. I am confident that this new partnership will help the SRC move passenger rail forward in the Southeast,” said SRC Chairman Knox Ross.