Southern Rail Commission

Name Southern Rail Commission
Contact Person John Spain - Vice-Chairman
Mailing Address 100 North Street, Suite 900
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone Number 225-381-7109
Fax Number 225-267-6306
Board Email
Legal Authority Southern Rail Commission
Year Created 1982
Organizational Placement 3 state compact
Purpose/Function Vision The Southern Rail Commission will promote the safe, reliable and efficient movement of people and goods to enhance economic development along rail corridors; provide transportation choices; and facilitate emergency evacuation routes. Mission The Southern Rail Commission engages and informs public and private rail interests to support, promote and influence Southeast rail initiatives.
Number of Entity Members: Number Authorized: 21
Number Currently Serving: 18
Number of Entity Meetings: Actual number in prior year: 4
Estimated number in current year: 4
The Entity is:
Active   Inactive   Not fully organized   Disbanded   Never fully organized
Do members receive per diem, salaries, and/or travel expense reimbursements?
Yes   No
Excluding member per diem, salaries, and travel expense reimbursements, does the entity receive or expend funds?
Yes   No
Entity Member Per Diem:
  Amount Authorized: $0      per meeting   per meeting day   per day spent on board business   None

Total entity member per diem:
  Prior year actual: $0.00
  Current year budgeted: $0.00
Entity Member Salaries:
  Prior year actual: $0.00
  Current year budgeted: $0.00
Entity Member Travel Expense Reimbursement:
  Prior year actual: $34,459.00
  Current year budgeted: $36,000.00
Number and Type of Authorized Employee Positions:
Classified: 0
Unclassified: 0
Part-time: 0
Entity Fiscal Year End:
4/30         7/31         10/31         Other (identify date)
6/30         9/30         12/31         None
Participation in State Employee Benefit Programs:
       participate in state retirement system(s) and/or state group insurance program(s)
       do not participate in state benefit programs

       participate in state retirement system(s) and/or state group insurance program(s)
       do not participate in state benefit programs
A state agency provides: (Check all that apply and identify the state agency)
Per Diem Payments          State Agency:
Travel Reimbursements    State Agency:
Other (explain)    State Agency:
Is this entity a budget unit or included within a budget unit of the State of Louisiana as defined by LSA-R.S. 39:2?
   Yes    No
  If yes, identify the budget unit and the budget schedule number below:
  Budget Unit Name:
  Budget Schedule Number:
Notes Transportation for America is the Administrator for the Southern Rail Commission.SEARP&DC are the financial managers for the commission.

Emergent Method maintains the website and can be reached at:
Rachel DiResto

Transportation for America can be reached at:

Mr. John Robert Smith
Transportation for America
202-955-5543 X204


Beth Osborne


Stephen Kenny

FY2017 Budget was estimated on 11/07/2016; the actual budget will be approved at the December board meeting; at that point, the site will be updated with the approved budget.
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