North Rail Connector Project
PROJECT WEBSITE: http://www.portofpascagoula.com
All dates below are specific to the schedule of the Environmental Review and Permitting processes for this project.
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The Jackson County Port Authority (JCPA) in partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) propose to construct the North Rail Connector (the Project). The Project would connect existing rail owned by Mississippi Export Railroad (MSE) that crosses over the Escatawpa River in Moss Point, Mississippi, to existing JCPA-owned rail that crosses through the Moss Point Industrial and Technology Complex (MPITC) and provides access to the Port of Pascagoula, Bayou Casotte Harbor.
The purpose of the Project is to provide additional railroad capacity and connectivity to support the growing needs of the Port of Pascagoula, Bayou Casotte Harbor. Currently, freight trains that travel from the north on the MSE line must pass through downtown Moss Point and Pascagoula to the Pascagoula Interchange to join CSX rail. This operation regularly blocks road traffic and creates delays at four major roadway intersections. Also, the curve alignment from the existing MSE line entering into the MPITC is too tight for the expected length of train to travel through the area safely. The Project would remove operational conflicts between railroads, reduce congestion, and accommodate the proposed restoration of passenger rail service.
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