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Pennsylvania ponies up more than $7 million to help small roads improve infrastructure


Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced it awarded $7.4 million to 40 freight-rail projects under the state's Rail Freight Assistance Program. Recipients will use the funds to help construct, maintain, repair and rehabilitate rail lines, sidings and grade crossings.

"Keeping short line and regional railroads in good operating condition means we're keeping the freight moving, and supporting employers, jobs and families," said state Transportation Secretary Allen Biehler in a prepared statement.

The recipients include:
• Octoraro Railroad Inc., $250,000 to rehabilitate mainline track and sidings;
• R.J. Corman Railroad Co./Pennsylvania Lines, $250,000 to rehabilitate two tunnels;
• Delaware & Hudson Railway Co. Inc., $250,000 to rehabilitate track and improve a tunnel on its mainline;
• Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co., $250,000 to rehabilitate track in the Pittsburgh Subdivision;
• Penn Eastern Rail Lines Inc., $231,315 to rehabilitate track and bridges, and construct a passing track;
• Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad Co., $231,000 to rehabilitate two branch lines to support increasing coal traffic;
• Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad Co. Inc., $175,000 to rehabilitate track along the Pocono mainline to maintain rail service for 25 shippers;
• East Penn Railways Inc., $121,660 to rehabilitate track and remove an obstruction in a tunnel; and
• Oil Creek and Titusville Lines Inc., $87,900 to upgrade mainline track to handle 286,000-pound cars.

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