Penn to Fund 33 Rail Improvement Projects

Eighteen railroads have shared in state grants in Pennsylvania that will result in 33 rail freight improvement projects.

The State Transportation Commission approved $33.4 million for 15 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program, a capital budget grant program funded with bonds. An additional 14 projects are funded through the Rail Freight Assistance Program, which is funded a Multi-Modal Fund.

Also, the commission approved $1.3 million for four projects from Marcellus Shale impact fees designated for distribution through PennDOT’s Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways.

The 18 railroads involved are the Allegheny Valley; Wheeling & Lake Erie; Bucks County Railroad Preservation & Restoration Corp.; SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority; Mittal Steel USA Railways; Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority; Canadian National; Buffalo & Pittsburgh; Allegheny Eastern; Pennsylvania Northeastern; East Penn; Oil Creek & Titusville; Columbia & Reading Railway; Reading Blue Mountain & Northern; Lehigh Railway; Pittsburgh, Allegheny, & McKees Rocks; Lehigh Railway; and Youngstown & Southeastern.

For more information, including a list of all the funded projects, go to www.dot.state.pa.us.

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