The state will invest $15 million from the capital budget program and an additional $9.5 million from the Rail Freight Assistance Program. The capital budget program is funded through state capital bond dollars repaid through General Fund revenues. The Rail Freight Assistance Program is provided through the state's General Fund. The grants, which are authorized by the General Assembly, are administered by PennDOT's Bureau of Rail Freight.
Larger grants include:
- • Pittsburgh and Ohio Central Railroad -- $1.4 million to enhance yard capacity and efficiency with improvements including tie, track and turnout replacement or installation.
- • USS Real Estate Div. of USSC -- $1.3 million for phase two of track improvements for Mon Valley Works, including switch replacement and associated track work.
- • Elk County: Buffalo Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc. -- $1.7 million to construct a siding and reactivate a bridge over the Clarion River to connect to another railroad.
- • Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway, Co. -- $1 million to rehabilitate concrete pedestal at 40 locations, replace bridge deck timbers, install bridge approach ties, and bridge approach track improvements.
- • NS Dillerville Yard -- $3 million to remodel part of the yard, including track, utilities and structural work.
- • Stourbridge Railroad -- $3.2 million to rehabilitate 23 miles of track, including bridge rehabilitation, to bring line up to operating standards.