Project managers will be on-hand to explain projects that are located all along the railroad system from Seward to Fairbanks, with an emphasis on projects located in and around Seward, South-central Alaska and system-wide, including:
• Alaska Railroad dock investments, including dredging around all three docks (West, East and Coal) and security fencing around the East Dock.
• Seward Coal Loading Facility Improvements.
• Seward Depot Restroom Facility (new building next to the depot).
• Track-side Train Power Hook-up near the depot, reducing the need for locomotives to idle in order to provide power to a parked train.
• Chugach Forest Whistle Stop Service (continued progress on the whistle stop site infrastructure between Portage and Moose Pass).
• Rehabilitation of the railroad bridge in Moose Pass and other bridge work • Safety improvements to protect against rock slides at the Tunnel about 50 miles north of Seward.
• Whittier Master Planning and efficiency improvements to the Whittier Barge Dock.
• Port MacKenzie Rail Extension (Environmental Impact Study draft anticipated in 2010).
• Collision Avoidance System.
• Track Rehabilitation
The Seward open house is the fourth and last in a series of Alaska Railroad POP Open House events. Other open house events were held in Anchorage, Wasilla and Fairbanks.
The Alaska Railroad has budgeted approximately $43.1 million in new spending for capital improvements in 2010. About $14.3 million will come from Federal Transit Administration grants. This amount includes a required nine percent matching contribution from the Alaska Railroad.
addition to FTA grant match. ARRC will spend another $19.1 million toward
internally-funded capital projects using revenues generated from passenger,
freight and real estate activity. Finally, the railroad will spend about $9.7
million of funds generated from the sale of revenue bonds that were sold in
2006 and 2007. Bonds are repaid with FTA formula fund appropriations.