States continue to announce the arrival of federal money for railroad track upgrades.
Two projects in Kansas have received millions in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant Program money. The Southwest Kansas Infrastructure Upgrade Project and Kyle Railroad Gateway Project will benefit from $20 million. Kyle Railroad and the Cimarron Valley Railroad will contribute a combined $28.5 million, with the Kansas Department of Transportation adding $1 million.
The Kyle Railroad Gateway Project involves replacing 23.5 miles of track with upgraded continuous welded rail in the Concordia Subdivision between Beloit and Yuma Junction. The line will be able to support 286,000-lb railcars and will connect to a critical area in northern Kansas to the national rail network. Train speed will be increased from 10 mph to 25 mph.
The Southwest Kansas Infrastructure Upgrade Project will improve the Cimarron Valley Railroad from Dodge City to Hugoton. Rail weight capacity and train speeds will be increased.
Over in Indiana, the Elkhart & Western Railroad Company now has $2.6 million in CRISI funding that will be used to rebuild grade crossings and improve 9 miles of track.