Picayune opens new Intermodal Transportation Center

By Don Culpepper - bio | email

PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) - Picayune Station is a somewhat old fashioned name for the city's newest travel center.

"This is your building, city of Picayune," Mayor Greg Mitchell told the crowd at Thursday morning's ribbon cutting ceremony. "This is for us."

The city's new $1.2 million Intermodal Transportation Center replaces the old, open air facility that Amtrak Media Relations Manager Marc Magliari had only seen before in passing.

"When I've ridden through here before, I'd look out the window of the train and I said, 'Is that a picnic shelter, or is that a station?'"

Magliari said Picayune can now boast that it has one of the finest train stations in the state.

"The folks here in Picayune said that the picnic shelter, gazebo station just wasn't a good enough front door," Magliari said. "We agreed. The Mississippi DOT agreed. The city got together with people who got things done, and we have this gorgeous new building now."

Magliari expects the facility to stay busy.

"Our ridership has been up each of the last six years, and right now we're knocking on the door of 29 million passengers."

Mayor Greg Mitchell said the center will be more than just a train station.

"We hope in the very near future we'll have Greyhound coming through here," Mitchell said. "And also, we would love to have the people who do the booking for the airlines and different people that move our people around, so they would have a central location to come to do all of their business as far as transportation is concerned."

And that, he believes, will definitely put downtown economic growth on the fast track.