KCSR Slated to Increase Train Speed on Gulfport to Hattiesburg Rail Line

Kansas City, Mo., August 19, 2014 – Effective September 1, The Kansas City Southern Railway
Company (KCSR) will increase train speed on portions of its line from Gulfport to Hattiesburg from 25
miles per hour to 49 miles per hour. The exceptions where the speed will not increase include KCSR yard
limits on either end of the line, inside the city limits of Wiggins and the line south of I-10.
In addition, the train speed on this line will be affected as follows:

· From Gulfport, train speed will remain 25 miles per hour until the lead locomotive passes Morton
Road in Saucier northbound, at which time the train speed may increase up to 49 miles per hour.
· At Perkinston, train speed will remain 25 miles per hour until the lead locomotive passes Third
Street at Perkinston southbound, at which time train speed may increase up to 49 miles per hour.
· At Wiggins, train speed will remain at 10 miles per hour until the lead locomotive passes MS 26
southbound, at which time train speed may increase up to 25 miles per hour and when the lead
locomotives passes Davis Avenue northbound, the train speed may increase to 49 miles per hour.
· At McLaurin, train speed will remain at 25 miles per hour until the lead locomotive passes
Dunkly Street southbound and Carter Road northbound, at which time the train speed can
increase up to 49 miles per hour.
· At Hattiesburg, train speed will increase from 10 to 20 miles per hour from Tatum Industrial Drive to Barkley Road.

The increase in train speed over these track segments is made possible by a major track rehabilitation
effort that will enhance economic development opportunities in the region.
For public safety, KCSR and Mississippi Operation Lifesaver would like to remind the community that as
train speed increases, regardless of whether the crossing is public or private or what type of warning is in
place, motorists and pedestrians are urged to always expect a train. In addition, pedestrians are urged to
stay off railroad rights-of-way. Do not walk along the track or trespass on railroad rights-of-way and only
cross the tracks at designated crossings.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Southern (KCS) is a transportation holding company
that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is KCSR, serving
the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico,
S.A. de C.V. serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico
and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean
freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic
alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial
centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Enhancing Hattiesburg’s Prosperity and Livability

City Planners Invite You to Share Ideas on Possible Land Development Regulations

Hattiesburg-The City of Hattiesburg is rolling full steam ahead in its mission to significantly enhance the area’s prosperity and livability, and would love for you to come onboard. The City’s Urban Development Department invites residents to learn more about the Full Steam Ahead-Updating the City’s Land Development Code project during a series of meetings slated to begin Thursday, Oct. 11 through Saturday, Oct. 13.

Adopted in December 2008, the City’s 2008-2028 Comprehensive Plan seeks to improve the area through mixed-use development, the addition of biking and pedestrian friendly streets, and the reduction of visual clutter.

“A comprehensive update or rewrite of the Land Development Code only comes around every 20 years or so,” said Urban Development Director Pattie Brantley. “Today’s citizens have the unique opportunity to provide input into the future land development regulations for their neighborhoods, business corridors and overall community.”

To participate in residents’ survey, plus get updates on participation opportunities in the upcoming months, please visit www.fullsteamahead@hattiesburg.com.  For more information, please contact the City of Hattiesburg Public Relations Office at 601.545.4508.

DuPree to Celebrate International Walk to School Day with Lillie Burney Elementary Students

Hattiesburg– On Wednesday, Oct. 3, thousands of students, parents and communities representing more than 3,300 schools across the United Sates will walk and bicycle to school to celebrate International Walk to School Day. This one-day event is part of an international effort to encourage more families to get out of their cars and on to their feet to enjoy the many benefits of safely walking and bicycling to school.

“Walk to School Day continues to inspire community-grown events that celebrate health, safety and a sense of community,” said Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School (SRTS), which serves as the coordinating agency for the event. “Often, this one-day event becomes the catalyst to larger commitments and permanent improvements that make walking and bicycling to school safer transportation options year round.”

In 2011, Mississippi had the highest participation rate in the country. Mayor DuPree, Hattiesburg firefighters and police, will continue the tradition by joining a group of Lillie Burney Elementary students on tomorrow morning as part of the school’s Walk to School Day celebration. “We love any opportunity to promote safety, fitness and family-time,” said Mayor DuPree. “I would like to issue a challenge to all parents in the area to take a moment to take part in the event.”

The Mayor and other elected officials, along with the Mississippi Department of Transportation Commissioner Tom King and Hattiesburg Public School District Superintendent James Bacchus, recently celebrated the completion of a SRTS project at Rowan Elementary School.

The SRTS program enables and encourages children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school. The program will also aid the City in the fight against obesity as it encourages healthy and active lifestyles among children at an early age.

Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 as a way to bring community leaders and children together to build awareness of the need for communities to be more walkable. By 2002, children, parents, teachers and community leaders in all 50 states and the District of Columbia joined nearly 3 million walkers around the world to celebrate the second annual International Walk to School Day. In 2011, students and parents from more than 4,000 U.S. schools joined millions of Walk to School Day and Month participants worldwide. The one-day event has now grown to a month-long celebration, and the reasons for walking have grown just as quickly as the event itself.  For more information about Walk to School Day, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.

Rowan Elementary School Safe Routes to School Ribbon Cutting

Hattiesburg-The City of Hattiesburg along with the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will unveil the completion of a project on Wednesday that aims to make children safer as they walk to school. The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) ribbon cutting is set for 10 a.m., at Rowan Elementary School.

The SRTS Program enables and encourages children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school. The program will also aid the City in the fight against obesity as it encourages healthy and active lifestyles among children at an early age.

Mayor Johnny DuPree, Hattiesburg City Council members, MDOT Commissioner Tom King, Representative Toby Baker and Hattiesburg Public School District Superintendent James Bacchus will speak at Wednesday’s event.

“Our children are very precious to us; therefore, we are always seeking opportunities that afford us a chance to not only protect them but also enrich the quality of their lives,” said Mayor DuPree.

MDOT awarded Hattiesburg $279,570 in March 2009. A total of $219,370 was used for preliminary engineering/design and construction of sidewalks in the vicinity of Rowan Elementary School. Specific locations of sidewalks included Ruby Ave., Cypress Ave., and Ashford St. Crosswalks were striped and signage installed as well. The remaining funds were used to complete a circulation study at all of the Hattiesburg Public Schools’ elementary schools; education (pedestrian safety skills training), encouragement (participation in International Walk to School Day) and enforcement activities in the elementary schools, with a focus on Rowan; and complete evaluation of the project and usage of the new routes.

When the application for this project was submitted, Rowan had 176 students living within a ½-mile radius of the schools and 268 students within one-mile radius. One hundred and ten of these students were walking on a regular basis.

For more information, please contact MDOT Commissioner Tom King’s office at 601.544.6511 or City of Hattiesburg Public Relations Coordinator Chinika Hughes at 601.545.4508.

Dedication to Urban Forestry Lands City a National Honor

Hattiesburg-The Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Hattiesburg a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. It is the 20th year Hattiesburg has earned this national honor from the Arbor Day Foundation, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees.

Hattiesburg had to meet four standards to become a Tree City USA community. They include the development of a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day Observance and proclamation.

“A Tree City USA designation for the past two decades is awesome,” said Andy Parker, City Arborist. “Teamwork and a clear understanding of the value of trees has been the key to our success.

Research shows trees promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles; moderate climate, conserve water and provide vital habitat for wildlife; reduce the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings; reduce energy use and increase property values.

“We all benefit when communities like Hattiesburg place high priority on planting and caring for trees, one of our nation’s most beautiful resources,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “We applaud Hattiesburg elected officials, volunteers and citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest.”  The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. For more information about Tree City USA, please visit www.arborday.org/TreeCITYUSA .

City of Hattiesburg Moves to Beef up Health Care in Mississippi

Mayor Johnny DuPree Proclaims August 8-12 as National Health Center Week

Hattiesburg-The City of Hattiesburg is continuing efforts to provide premium health care to people of all economic backgrounds living in Hattiesburg and surrounding areas by proclaiming the week of August 8-12 “National Health Center Week.” 

A proclamation ceremony was held Wednesday at The Kaye Ray Medical Complex (Hattiesburg Family Health Center). Geroldean Dyse, interim CEO of Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc., said community health centers across the state play a key role in providing health care to uninsured and medically underserved people across the state.

“The need for community health centers has never been greater,” said Dyse.  “Throughout our 14 sites, located in and around the Hattiesburg area, Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc., provided health care to over 40,000 patients last year, resulting in over 100,000 visits. We have board certified providers and a well-trained staff with big hearts striving to meet the health care needs of the communities we serve.”

Health centers are nonprofit, community-owned and operated health providers that aim to reduce health care costs by fostering prevention and integrating the delivery of primary care with aggressive outreach, patient education, translation and other enabling services. The centers have made great strides in the Mississippi health care system specifically by maintaining high standards of accountability, demonstrating cost-effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of care and empowering communities to address unmet health needs.