Can Local Rail Grant Winners Repeat 2021 Success?

East Penn Railroad tracks (at top) stretch into the distance from East Greenville

HARRISBURG PA – Three local organizations last year won a combined total of $1.97 million in state rail transportation and rail freight assistance program grants. This year’s question is whether they, or others like them, can do it again.

Grant applications are being accepted now through Sept. 2 for the same pools of funding captured during February 2021 by the Berks County Redevelopment Authority for rail improvements in Boyertown; by East Penn Railroad LLC to replace railroad ties in Chester County; and by Pennsylvania Northeastern Railroad, also for tie replacements, on branch lines in Montgomery County.

“Pennsylvania’s rail freight network is critical. It keeps goods moving and supports the economy,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said. Her agency, she added, is proud of its “commitment to supporting the business community and keeping rail lines safe.” The state ranks first in the country in the number of operating railroads (65), and near the top in total track mileage (5,600 miles).

For eligible organizations interested in applying for funds from either program, online applications became available Monday (Aug. 8, 2022). They must be completed and submitted by no later than Sept. 2 (Friday) at 4 p.m. For more information, call Steven Panko at 717-787-1202 or send him an e-mail to

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