A total of nearly $2.19 million in recently awarded state grants will promote two local rail-freight improvement projects, according to Senator Elder Vogel. The local recipients are:
- Armstrong, Butler and Lawrence counties: Buffalo Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc. will receive $2 million in Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) funding for work between Kittanning and New Castle for restoration of the Chewton siding, providing 9,000 feet of additional siding capacity, to restore the Mosgrove West siding, providing 2,400 feet of additional siding capacity and to complete other rail and switch work.
- Lawrence County: Hill Railroad Car Company will receive $189,000 in Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP) funding to construct two turnouts and 1,200 feet of track.
“The efficient movement of goods is imperative for businesses to be successful,” Senator Vogel said. “This funding will help grow small businesses and further expand family sustaining job opportunities in the area.”
The local projects are among $35.9 million in grants awarded for 29 freight-rail improvement projects statewide during the current round of funding.
RTAP is a capital budget grant program funded with bonds and RFAP is underwritten through the new Multimodal Fund, created by Act 89. Neither program is supported by the state’s General Fund revenues, which cover the daily operations and services of the Commonwealth.