Specific investments will include rail, ballast, crossties, grade crossing improvements and bridge work.
"Our company will soon conduct a job fair to begin hiring nearly 100 unemployed workers for this project, which we intend to start work on by April," Noel rush, VP strategic Planning & Development said.
These significant improvements will provide broad, long-term benefits:
• Increasing the economic competitiveness of the 125 shippers on those five shortlines,
• Enabling the diversion of certain truck freight to rail freight, thereby reducing highway maintenance costs, highway congestion and improving safety, and
• Contributing to increased fuel efficiency and more environmentally-friendly freight transportation.