Representatives from seven northern Mississippi counties, including Grenada, want the state legislature’s help to buy, and in one stretch reopen, a length of railroad that could mean life blood for area industries, according to experts.
Representatives from Holmes, Carroll, Montgomery, Grenada, Yalobusha, Panola and Tate counties have joined an alliance to try and purchase the railroad and stop its demolition, according to Pablo Diaz, executive director of the Grenada Economic Development District.
The rail line runs from Southaven, through Grenada, to Canton, and covers 187 miles. The stretch from Grenada, south, to Canton, has been closed since 2011.
The Utah-based parent company, which operates under the name Grenada Railway LLC., wants to abandon the line and sell it for scrap. It filed its second attempt to do so last year.
House of Representatives members attached as an amendment to the overall bond bill $30 million to help a Mississippi coalition, known as the North Central Rail Authority, buy the rail.
The bond now awaits Senate approval.
“Abandoning this railway would be devastating to industry recruitment and retention,” said Pablo Diaz, executive director for the Grenada Economic Development District.
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