Vicksburg, Monroe, Shreveport and Ruston announce plans for I-20 passenger rail service

Published 11:09 pm Friday, December 15, 2023

Today marks a significant step forward as we announce plans to enhance passenger rail along the I-20 corridor.

I am thrilled to announce a transformative initiative that will reshape the way we travel and connect our communities.

The Southern Rail Commission announced the allocation of $500,000 for advancing passenger rail service across the I-20 corridor – a project that signifies a commitment to progress, efficiency, and sustainability.

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As our population grows and our cities expand, we must address the challenges of limited transportation choices.

The I-20 corridor, a vital lifeline for our region, will now witness a new era of connectivity through an advanced passenger rail network.

Implementing passenger rail service along the I-20 corridor will not only provide a connection to Vicksburg and major cities like Atlanta and Dallas, but it will also focus on much-needed safety and quality of life improvements for underserved residents within the broader region.

Reconnecting central Mississippi by passenger rail from Atlanta to Dallas/Fort Worth will provide a critical transportation link connecting the state capitol in Jackson and the vibrant economies of Vicksburg and Meridian along the I-20 corridor.

It will offer our residents more robust transportation options to access business, healthcare and educational opportunities across the region.

This project is about fostering economic growth, enhancing accessibility and creating a more sustainable future for generations to come.

The passenger rail system will serve as a catalyst for job creation, attracting businesses, and fostering innovation.

We understand that our citizens deserve a reliable and efficient transportation system.

Cooperation and collaboration between Vicksburg, Monroe, Ruston and Shreveport have been the driving force behind this project.

I would like to thank Mayor Friday Ellis of Monroe, Mayor Ronny Walker of Ruston and Mayor Tom Arceneaux of Shreveport and the Southern Rail Commission for working diligently with stakeholders, including local, state and national government partners and advocates as well as freight railroads to establish passenger rail in the region.

On behalf of the City of Vicksburg, we continue to fully support the establishment of the passenger rail along the I-20 corridor.