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U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-Ind.) earlier this week joined R. J. Corman Railroad Services LLC representatives to tour a trackwork project on the Louisville & Indiana Railroad (L&I). The 106-mile short line has contracted R. J. Corman to perform improvements that will enable the railroad to increase rail-car weight capacity to 286,000 pounds. From 2015 through 2017, 94 miles of continuous-welded rail and more than 80,000 ties will be installed.Hollingsworth's visit was coordinated by the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC), Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association and American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. "It was a pleasure to learn more about L&I Railroad, R. J. Corman, and the services they provide in Indiana's 9th District and beyond," Hollingsworth said in a press release issued by the NRC. "Their commitment to maintaining a safe, reliable freight network has enabled southern Indiana businesses to establish themselves, thrive and grow."R. J. Corman Railroad Services President Nathan Henderson and L&I Railroad President John Goldman led the tour. Also during the visit, the rail stakeholder group discussed the 45G short-line tax credit. Since 2005, a series of one- and two-year extensions of the credit have enabled short lines and their customers to reinvest billions of dollars in infrastructure, according to the NRC. The Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act would make the tax credit permanent. The bill currently has 204 cosponsors in the House and 51 cosponsors in the Senate.
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