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SRC seeks applications for rail station improvements along Gulf Coast corridor

Amtrak service to the Gulf Coast has not been restored since Hurricane Katrina damaged rail infrastructure there in 2005.
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The Southern Rail Commission (SRC) issued a notice of funding availability and is soliciting applications from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama communities along the federally designated Gulf Coast High-Speed Rail (HSR) corridor for restored or improved passenger-rail stations and surrounding areas.

The application deadline is March 5. A pre-proposal conference call will be held Feb. 5.

Communities must identify needs and improvements to rail station and areas that will ensure safe access and better connectivity to and from the station, improve convenience for riders, develop new facilities and leverage the economic opportunity of station redevelopment, SRC officials said in a press release.

Eligible projects include station and station area planning, design and construction, and multimodal station connections, including upgrades for disabled riders.

The SRC has access to $724,385 in congressional funding for improvements to the Gulf Coast HSR corridor in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

For more information regarding the NOFA, click here.

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