Friday, February 24, 2012

Pennsylvania doles out $23 million to 16 rail projects

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In Pennsylvania, $23 million in state investments will fund 16 freight-rail improvement projects statewide.

"Pennsylvania has a robust freight rail system that helps connect communities and businesses with wider transportation options," Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said. "These investments will help businesses expand and improve their operations, paying dividends through economic activity."

The grants are distributed through the Capital Budget/Transportation Assistance Program, which is funded through state capital bond dollars in the General Fund budget. The grants leverage $10 million in local investments. Authorized by the General Assembly, the grants are administered by PennDOT's Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways.

The projects include:

Allegheny County
Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway, Co.
$1.6 million to rehabilitate and expand track, prepare for a transload area and install new turnouts, track and ties.

Beaver County
Aliquippa Ohio River Railroad
$490,000 to rehabilitate track, install new turnouts, crossties and make other track improvements.

Cambria, Clearfield & Indiana counties
RJ Corman Railroad Group PA Lines
$3 million to rehabilitate the Wallaceton, Cresson and Cherry Tree subdivisions, as well as other track sections, complete other trackwork such as tie and switch installation.

Chester County
East Penn Railroad LLC
$560,000 to rehabilitate track and a railroad bridge, install new ties, resurface track, install new bridge timbers and rehabilitate three grade crossings.

Crawford County
Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County
$2 million for the first phase of new track construction, including site excavation, grading and stormwater management facilities.

Elk County
St. Marys Industrial Railroad
$2 million to acquire land and right-of-way and construct and rehabilitate track for the railroad's first phase of expansion efforts.

Fayette County
Fay-Penn Industrial
$1.5 million for the second phase of track construction for the rail/truck transload facility in Smithfield.

Franklin County
Franklin Storage, LP
$600,000 to construct new track, a turnout and install an asphalt loading pad.

Huntingdon County
East Broad Top
$2 million for phase one of a project to provide for the acquisition of land and right-of-way, rehabilitation of existing track, construction of new track and construction of a transload facility.

Luzerne County
Pittston Industrial LLC DBA Interstate Distribution Center
$700,000 to construct and rehabilitate track for expanded rail access at the center.

Luzerne, Susquehanna & Wyoming counties
Delaware & Hudson Railway Co.
$3 million to construct and rehabilitate track related to infrastructure development.

Lycoming County
Keystone Filler
$279,972 to construct new track and install a rail pit to increase efficiency in the unloading of railcars.

Mercer County
Duferco Farrell Corporation
$700,000 to rehabilitate track, reconstruct turnouts, replace crossties, raise the line and resurface track.

Pike County
Central New York Railroad
$3 million to rehabilitate track and a rail bridge, including steel repairs and replacing bridge timber, as well as realigning track on both ends of the bridge.

Tioga County
Wellsboro & Corning Railway Co.
$700,000 to rehabilitate track, install erosion and sedimentation control and complete other track improvements.

Westmoreland County
Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation
$1.1 million to complete the second phase of a project, including
bridge work, new track installation, a new switch and implementing drainage
improvements on the line.

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