Michigan short-liner awarded $8.6M grant

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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Lake State Railway received an $8.6 million grant from the U.S. DOT.

A Michigan railroad is the beneficiary of an $8.6 million grant from the U.S. DOT, and the goal is rather simple: improve the tracks.

Lake State Railway Co. (LSRC), based in Saginaw, will receive the money, which comes from the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement Grant and was pushed through Congress with the help of Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Dan Kildee, Rep. Jack Bergman and Rep. John Moolenaar.

LSRC President and CEO John Rickoff was excited to receive the news, and said the grant will help “the growing industrial and agricultural base located along the line.” LSRC runs hundreds of miles of track in Michigan that serve Saginaw, Gaylord, Alpena, Midland, Bay City and Plymouth.

“Improving Michigan’s infrastructure, including railroads, will help make our region more economically competitive,” said Kildee. “Railroads help to play an important role in connecting mid-Michigan businesses, including automotive suppliers and farmers, with markets around the world.”

“This grant will help Lake State provide more services to the residents of mid and northern Michigan,” Moolenaar added.

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