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3/28/2008



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Pennsylvania ponies up $10.2 million for 38 freight-rail projects


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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently issued 38 grants totaling $10.2 million to help fund freight-rail infrastructure improvements. The grants are part of the agency's rail freight assistance program.

PennDOT now has provided more than $10 million for the assistance program for three-straight years. Pennsylvania ranks fifth nationally in freight-rail trackage with more than 6,000 miles.

Among the grants, PennDOT will provide:
• $700,000 to Kinder Morgan to replace and repair track for an outbound train loading yard at the Keystone Industrial Port Complex;
• $500,000 to RESCAR Inc. to rehabilitate its rail yard at a rail-car repair facility that serves the Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad;
• $499,995 to the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad to rehabilitate track at four locations;
• $463,250 to York Railway Co. to rehabilitate track at various branch lines;
• $357,000 to the Aliquippa and Ohio River Railroad to rehabilitate a mainline and replace a bridge deck;
• $321,429 to Pennsy Supply Inc. to rehabilitate yard track at a quarry along Norfolk Southern Railway's Harrisburg Line;
• $223,569 to SMS-Penn Jersey Rail Lines Inc. to construct a double-ended siding in the Penn Warner Industrial Park;
• $208,006 to the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad to rehabilitate track on the Pocono mainline;
• $194,750 to the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway Co. to replace crossties and bridge timbers in the Pittsburgh Subdivision;
• $159,250 to Oil Creek & Titusville Lines Inc. to rehabilitate a bridge and construct track; and
• $75,000 to the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad to extend a tail track serving a stone unloading facility.


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