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Harrison County Getting to and Around Harrison County

Most people traveling throughout Harrison County and the Gulf Coast choose to drive, enjoying the beautiful scenery of the coastline and beaches along with a well-maintained highway system. Harrison County is easily connected to other parts of Mississippi and the rest of the U.S. via several interstate highways that traverse the area.

For those flying in, there are three major airports in close proximity to Harrison County, serving the area with both major air carriers and smaller commuter airlines. Harrison County also has a decent public transportation system, and Greyhound has bus service to both Gulfport and Biloxi.

AIRPORTS

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

14035-L Airport Road
Gulfport, MS 39503
228-863-5951
www.flygpt.com

The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is the closest airport and the one used most often by Harrison County residents. It is about 6 miles from the Gulfport city center and is a joint civilian-military public use airport. Major carriers include American Airlines, Delta and United. Nonstop service is available to many cities with connecting international service. Ground transportation includes five rental car companies (one offsite), taxi service and access to public transportation.

Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport

100 International Drive
Jackson, MS 39208
601-939-5631
http://iflyjackson.com

This is the largest airport in Mississippi. It is about three hours from Harrison County; it has two 8,500-foot runways and recently received millions of dollars in renovations. Airlines at the airport include American Airlines, Delta and United. Ground transportation includes taxi, bus service and nine rental car services accessed via the rental car counter on the first floor of the airport terminal.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

900 Airline Drive
Kenner, LA 70062
504-303-7500
www.flymsy.com

Located 87 miles from the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has millions of travelers in and out of its facility every year. Major air carriers include American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, Spirit Airlines, United and Allegiant, with domestic and international connections available. Ground transportation includes public transit, taxis and nine rental car services.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Coast Transit Authority

333 DeBuys Road
Gulfport, MS 39507
228-896-8080
www.coasttransit.com

The Coast Transit Authority provides public transportation for all three of Mississippi’s coastal counties. Services include fixed routes in Biloxi, Gulfport, D’Iberville/St. Martin and Ocean Springs. CTA’s Coast Commuter Program offers vanpooling and carpooling to reduce the stress and costs of commuting. CTA also offers a casino hopper and beachcomber routes.

CTA’s mission is to provide safe, dependable, clean, comfortable, convenient and affordable public transportation services to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in a cost-efficient manner. For more information on routes and fares, visit the CTA’s website.

Greyhound

www.greyhound.com

Greyhound provides bus service between several points in Mississippi and across the United States. Call for hours of operation and ticketing schedules, or book online.

Biloxi Station

820 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39530
228-436-4335

Driving and Commuting

Harrison County Getting to and Around Driving and Commuting

Residents of Harrison County have an easy commute for the most part, and travel via car is the fastest way to get around Mississippi. The county is traversed by two interstates, two U.S. highways and various state routes.

Interstate 10 runs the length of the Gulf Coast, traveling into the states of Alabama and Louisiana. Interstate 110 travels across the Back

Bay of Biloxi, connecting Interstate 10 to U.S. Highway 90 in Biloxi.

U.S. Highway 90 runs along the coast, connecting Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach and Pass Christian. U.S. Highway 49 heads north from Gulfport to the northern border of the county.

Speed limits on state highways with four lanes or more are usually 70 miles per hour, slowing as they enter developed areas. Other highways usually have a speed limit of 65 miles per hour.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety

www.dps.state.ms.us

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety oversees the issuance of driver’s licenses in the state as well as state identification cards. Local MDPS offices can provide information on licensing and vehicle registration, or you can visit www.ms.gov/hp/drivers/license/faq.jsp.

Biloxi

16741 Highway 67
Biloxi, MS 39532
228-396-7400

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

D’Iberville

10393 Automall Parkway
D’Iberville, MS 39540
228-392-1183

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

MDPS permits nonresident military personnel and their families as well any out-of-state college students to drive in Mississippi with a valid driver’s license from another state. However, in general, all Mississippi residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license within 60 days.

License applicants must bring the following to apply for a new license:

  • Out-of-state license.
  • A completed MDPS application.
  • Social Security card.
  • A state-issued certified copy of your birth certificate.
  • Two forms of proof of residency in the state, such as utility bills with a physical address, a rental agreement or vehicle registration receipt.

Applicants must also pass an eye exam. Written and road tests may be administered but are normally waived if the prior license is valid.

Driver’s Licenses

The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its online Mississippi’s Driver’s Manual. To view the manual, go to www.dps.state.ms.us/driver-services/drivers-licence-manuals.

Visit the Mississippi Department of Transportation website, www.mdot.ms.gov, for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, and to view live traffic cameras. You may also sign up for alerts customized to your daily commute.

Distracted Driving

The state of Mississippi does not prohibit drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle. Drivers are prohibited from sending text messaging while driving.

Vehicle Registration

Applications associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online at www.ms.gov/hp/drivers/license/faq.jsp, including DMV forms, requests for driving records and more.

Mississippi Department of Transportation

http://mdot.ms.gov

Visit the Mississippi Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, and to find hurricane evacuation routes.


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