3 Short Lines Win CRISI Grants

Three short-line railroads are among nearly four dozen recipients of more than $326 million in grant funding under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements and Special Transportation Circumstances programs.

Forty-five projects in 29 states received grants that will be used to help pay for state and local infrastructure projects designed to improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of intercity passenger- and freight-rail systems.

Grant applicants included state departments of transportation, municipalities, port authorities, rail commissions, Amtrak and short lines.

A third of the total grant funding in CRISI grants went to regional and short line railroads, said the Federal Railroad Administration in a news release.

It included $8.7 million to replace 30 miles of rail and upgrade crossings and signals on Lake State Railway in north-central Michigan, $7.2 million for the Indiana Rail Road to replace nine timber rail bridges with concrete ones, and $2.8 million for the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad to upgrade 7.5 miles of track.

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