News for Immediate
Feb. 25, 2014
Freight Projects Approved For State Funding Through Three
Programs; Action Sustains Roughly 43,000 Jobs
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett announced today that 33 rail freight
improvement projects that will help sustain more than 43,000 jobs across
Pennsylvania were approved today for funding from three PennDOT-managed
more operating railroads than any other state, and investing in our rail
freight network keeps these invaluable assets in prime position to generate
economic growth and jobs,’’ Corbett said. “Improving rail networks not only
spurs our economy, it also increases safety by helping to ease traffic on our
Transportation Commission (STC) voted to approve $33.4 million for 15 projects
through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and 14 projects
through the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP). RTAP is a capital budget
grant program funded with bonds and RFAP is underwritten through the new
Multi-Modal Fund, created by Act 89. In November, Corbett signed Act 89, a
far-reaching transportation program that clears the way for significant
investments in all transportation modes.
Also, the STC
approved $1.3 million for four projects from Marcellus Shale impact fees
designated for distribution through PennDOT’s Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and
more information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us.
or 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 approved rail freight projects under the three programs with the state
· Allegheny Valley Railroad
Co. -- $1.2 million to construct 4,500 feet of track for a new interchange
siding with the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway at Bruceton, Pa.
Authority of Berks County -- $952,839 to rehabilitate and expand rail resources
to accommodate a new rail-shipment customer.
Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Northumberland counties
· SEDA-COG Joint Rail
Authority -- $1.8 million to rehabilitate nine bridges on five short-line rail
systems to support 315,000-pound cars.
· Bucks County
Railroad Preservation & Restoration Corp. -- $1.8 million to replace rail.
· South Avis Realty
-- $2.5 million to reconstruct the existing rail yard and construct additional
· Economic Progress
Alliance of Crawford County -- $4 million to construct a 7,000-foot unit train
loop track and a 400-foot industrial track siding for a new tenant in the Keystone
Regional Industrial Park.
· Mittal Steel USA
Railways Steelton & Highspire -- $1.9 million to rehabilitate 14,242 feet of
track, including 27 turnouts.
· Pennsylvania Northeast
Regional Rail Authority -- $674,800 to purchase and install 8,000 ties and
7,715 linear feet of rail.
· Medley Investments
-- $940,310 to relocate CPR’s mainline switch, construct 1,050-foot new siding,
install a concrete pad for loading and unloading and establish a stone/gravel
· Hodge Foundry, Inc.
-- $524,514 to construct a new 460-foot rail siding on the CN/Bessemer and Lake
Erie Railroad Co. mainline.
· Casella Waste Management
of Pennsylvania, Inc. -- nearly $7 million to construct a rail siding transfer
station along the Buffalo & Pittsburgh line.
· Pennsylvania Northeastern
Railroad -- $539,000 to install 6,000 cross ties and surface 16,000 feet of track.
· Allegheny Eastern
Railroad Inc. -- $2.3 million to re-establish and upgrade tracks in the Warren
· Procter and Gamble
Paper Products Co. -- $250,600 to construct track, replace cross ties, replace
timber, install ballast and improve the line’s surface.
· Westmoreland County
Industrial Development Corporation -- $1.1 million for the first of three
phases for a project replacing 2.4 miles of worn rail with rail that will
Industrial Corp. -- $700,000 for the last phase of track rehabilitation in
the industrial park, including turnout replacement, welding, upgrading
rail and rail alignment.
- The Techs
Industries, Inc. -- $229,320 to replace crossties, improve drainage and
remove and replace ballast.
Lehigh and Montgomery counties
- East Penn
Railroad LLC -- $493,640 to replace ties, rails, ballast and renew rail
- Mittal Steel
USA Railways, Inc. -- $230,790 to rebuild 1,598 feet of track and replace
- Arcelor Plate,
LLC -- $197,610 to rehabilitate more than 1,500 feet of track and one
- Oil Creek
Titusville Lines, Inc. -- $127,194 to install 1,500 new cross ties, and
restore proper profile and depth of roadbed.
- Columbia and
Reading Railway Co. LLC -- $732,200 to add five new tracks, five new
turnouts, realign 390 feet of mainline track, add four new turnouts and
1,350 feet of new track.
- Hazleton Shaft
Corp. -- $250,000 to construct a new rail spur for access to new
anthracite coal thermal drying facility.
Northeast Railroad -- $507,150 to install 2,000 new cross ties and replace
and repair two grade crossings.
Steel, LLC -- $700,000 to remove and replace 2,600 feet of track and
- North Shore
Railroad -- $250,000 for the first of two phases consisting of
constructing 1,500 feet of new track in the yard.
- James J. Anderson
Construction Co. Inc. -- $476,000 to rehabilitate 5,618-foot loop track,
including grade crossing and replace cross ties and miscellaneous rail, and
to raise line and surface rail.
- Reading Blue
Mountain and Northern Railroad -- $700,000 to rehabilitate track in the
Buck Mountain tunnel, including replacing 2,478 ties.
- Three Rivers
Marine and Rail Terminal LP -- $277,088 to rehabilitate grade crossing and
connection to Wheeling & Lake Erie railroad and rehabilitate track on
Koppers lead mainline.
Allegheny, McKees Rocks Railroad Co. -- $350,000 to install new turnouts,
construct new track and rehabilitate existing track including crosstie
- Lehigh Railway
LLC -- $367,500 for various rail improvements and replacing the deck on Wyalusing
& Southeastern railroad Inc. -- $339,500 to rehabilitate track from
the Pennsylvania border to Darlington, Pa. and rebuild siding at NOV
Trucking, Inc. -- $250,000 to install a new asphalt turnout, 700 feet of
embedded track and a bumping post for the end of the track.