News for Immediate Release
Dec. 12, 2013
Pennsylvania Invests $26.1 Million to Expand, Improve Rail and Aviation
Harrisburg – State investments of $10 million in aviation and
$16.1 million in rail freight will help improve facilities, help businesses
expand operations and ensure safety across Pennsylvania.
“Pennsylvania’s numerous transportation options
make us a great place to do business and put people to work,” Governor Tom
Corbett said. “These projects will supplement the state’s new comprehensive
transportation plan which next year, increases dedicated funding for aviation,
rail freight and more.
“Having reliable investments will help even more
businesses and facilities expand and operate safely because they know
Pennsylvania values transportation.”
The grants were approved
today by the State Transportation Commission, which evaluates and assesses the
resources needed to maintain and expand the state’s transportation system. The 15-member
commission includes the Secretary of Transportation, Barry Schoch, 10 private
citizens appointed by the governor, and the majority and minority chairs of the
state Senate and House Transportation Committees.
The state investments
will be distributed through the Capital Budget/Transportation Assistance
Program. Underscoring the cooperation among the private sector and state and
local governments, the grants leverage $20.2 million in local investments.
The state has 133
public-use airports and heliports and 15 of those airports have scheduled
commercial service. Pennsylvania has 67 operating railroads, the highest number
in the nation.
Authorized by the General
Assembly, the grants are administered by PennDOT’s Bureaus of Aviation and Rail
Freight, Ports and Waterways.
For more information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us and then click on the
“2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program” button, or call 717-783-8800.
Erin Waters-Trasatt, PennDOT; 717-783-8800
Steve Chizmar, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116
Editor’s Note: Following is a by-county list of rail and airport
improvement grant recipients, the amount of funding, and a brief description of
Allegheny County: Pittsburgh
& Ohio Central Railroad -- $525,000 to replace more than 12,000 feet of
track, install a rail crossover and improve nearly five miles of track.
Valley Railroad Co. -- $1.3 million to make improvements to track between
Bruceton and Washington required for heavier freight traffic to move
- Wheeling &
Lake Erie Railway, Co. -- $2.8 million to remove deteriorated rail,
install nearly 13 miles of new track and improve additional track and four
public railroad crossings.
Berks County: East Penn
Manufacturing Co., Inc. -- $644,815 to construct a new three-track rail spur
off of Norfolk Southern’s east mainline.
Cambria and Clearfield
Corman Railroad Group PA Lines -- $3.9 million for track renewal in two
tunnels, tie installation and expanding an existing building in the Clearfield
yard for equipment maintenance.
Erie County: Greater Erie
Industrial Development Corp. -- $2.6 million to acquire an existing sidetrack
from the Port of Erie and construct three new sidetracks (totaling
approximately 2,250 track feet) to provide rail-car storage, active product
unloading and transfer and a locomotive run-around. This will support a new
biomass terminal producing wooden pellets for export.
Lancaster County: Strasburg Railroad
-- $1.1 million to make track and grade-crossing improvements to increase
capacity in the East Strasburg yard to support increased freight movement.
Lycoming County: County of Lycoming
-- $370,113 to rehabilitate 2,000 feet of track that has been inactive for decades,
which will provide much-needed rail service to the NuWeld facility.
Montgomery County: Pennsylvania
Northeast Railroad -- $463,400 to rehabilitate 10 miles of track, repair six
switches, install cross ties and other infrastructure improvements.
Philadelphia County: Philadelphia Energy
Solutions Refining and Marketing -- $10 million to construct nearly 30,000 feet
of track and a railcar maintenance area; install 16,000 feet of pipeline to
transport crude oil from the offloading facility to the storage tank area; and
complete improvements to yard facilities.
Venango County: Western New York
& Pennsylvania Railroad -- $840,000 to install new crossties on 14.5 miles
of the Oil City branch and replace nine grade crossings on railroad property.
Westmoreland County: Three Rivers
Marine Rail Terminal, LP -- $1.1 million to build 8,000 feet of track and three
switches to enhance storage tracks from the mainline, enabling the company to
be a train destination for coal and sand for gas drilling.
York County: York Railway Co. --
$168,000 to upgrade 4.5 miles and one rail crossing of the company’s west
Allegheny County: Allegheny
County Airport - $900,000 to rehabilitate and restore the historic main
Blair County: Altoona-Blair
County Airport -- $200,000 to replace the fuel facility.
Carbon County: Jake Arner
Memorial Airport -- $300,000 to construct hangars.
Erie County: Erie
International Airport/Tom Ridge Field -- $100,000 to acquire a tractor and
Luzerne County: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
International Airport -$2.6 million to construct a commercial aircraft hangar
and demolish the old terminal building complex.
Schuylkill County: Schuylkill
County/Joe Zerbey Airport -- $125,000 for the third phase of hangar
Tioga County: Wellsboro-Johnston
Airport -- $500,000 to construct a hangar.
Washington County: Washington
County Airport - $2.6 million to construct a taxi lane and apron as well as
prepare a hangar site and construct a hangar.
Westmoreland County: Arnold
Palmer Regional Airport -- $2 million for the first phase of constructing an
addition to the terminal building.
York County: Capital City
Airport -- $700,000 to improve terminal area facilities and rehabilitate a