CVSR Lands $3.2M Federal Grant

Volunteers load bicyles aboard a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train on Sept. 25, 2011, at Boston Mill. The railroad announced this week it has received a federal grant that will help refurbish a baggage car that carries bikes. (Photograph by Craig Sanders)

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad announced on Tuesday that it will receive a $3.2 million grant from the federal government to fund construction projects on the line that operates through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The grant is part of $40.8 million being awarded nationally as part of the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks program, which is jointly administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service. It is named after the former congressman and U.S. senator from Maryland.

The $3.2 million grant to the CVSR will:

• Install a pedestrian bridge at the Rockside Road Boarding Area in Independence.

• Pay to purchase a baggage car that will be rebuilt to provide electrical power for lighting, heat and air conditioning.

• Upgrade a 46-year-old locomotive to reduce exhaust by 90 percent and fuel consumption by 60 percent, and extend its operating life up to 30 years.

• Overhaul a fully accessible passenger car. Improvements will include new wheelchair lifts and the addition of wheelchair-friendly seats.

• Rehab a baggage car to better carry passengers bicycles.

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