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Southern District multimodal grants announced


HATTIESBURG, MISS.  –  The Mississippi Transportation Commission recently announced the award of approximately $ 3.8 million in funding for multimodal transportation projects throughout the Southern District.

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 focus stretches far beyond Mississippi’s highways and interstates, it also includes intermodal transportation and its vast network of railroads, airports, public transit and ports and waterways,” said Commissioner Tom King, Chairman, Mississippi Transportation Commission.  “Each mode of transportation is vital in its own way whether it’s by transporting people, goods or services, all modes work together to promote economic growth and development throughout the state.”

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.

Three ports received funding.

  • Port Bienville, $502,855 – barge fleeting area construction.
  • Port of Gulfport, $650,000 – east pier rail rehabilitation.
  • Port of Pascagoula, $694,560 – construct new timber fender system.

Two airports received funding.

  • Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, $387,172 – replace passenger terminal flooring.
  • Stennis International Airport $400,000 – construction of corporate aviation hangars.

Six public transits received funding.

  • Coast Transit Authority, $480,000 – operational expenses for its transit system.
  • Community Development Incorporated, $100,060 – buses and insurance.
  • D.J. Transit Inc., $64,127 – buses and insurance.
  • Five County Child Development Program Inc., $30,084 – bus and insurance.
  • Mount Zion Economic Community Center, Inc., $47,295 – buses and insurance.
  • Natchez Transit System, $61,880 – buses and insurance.

One railroad received funding.

  • Port Bienville Railroad, $400,000 – construct 1,160 feet of storage track with 115-pound rail at mile post 3.5.

For more information on MDOT’s multimodal resources and other grants visit is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.


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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community where she served as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 18 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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