Area Rail Improvement Projects Expected In Spring

HARRISBURG PA – State Transportation Commission grant money for rail freight improvements, which have the potential to boost the economy in Montgomery, Berks, and Chester counties by creating or sustaining more than 200 jobs, will pay for work expected to get under way in the spring.

Of more than $31 million in funding approved for 26 rail projects by the commission, the Tri-County area has been told to expect:

  • $991,250 for the Berks County Redevelopment Authority to build about 1,200 feet of yard tracks at its Boyertown Transload Facility on the Colebrookdale spur line;
  • $500,500 for East Penn Railroad LLC to improve track conditions by replacing about 4,500 ties on the Wilmington Northern line in Chester County, and 2,000 ties on the Quakertown line; and
  • $483,000 for Pennsylvania Northeastern Railroad to replace about 6,000 ties on its Stony Creek branch and Bethlehem branch lines in Montgomery County.

The grants were issued in mid-January.

Pennsylvania has 65 operating railroads, more than any other state. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said it is committed to working with private rail operators and rail-served businesses to construct new rail lines and assist in maintaining and improving Pennsylvania’s roughly 5,600 miles of freight lines.

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