Coupled with a $31.3 million grant incentive, the Keystone State approved 26 rail improvement projects that will enhance freight mobility while creating or sustaining more than 200 jobs across Pennsylvania.
The State Transportation Commission voted to approve $31.3 million for the projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program and the Rail Freight Assistance Program.
“Investing in our state's rail system creates jobs and supports efficient freight travel,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These investments help us build a world-class infrastructure system and support the business community.”
According to the Governor’s Office “Pennsylvania has 65 operating railroads, which is more than any other state. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 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.”
The state awarded the largest funding to CSX Transportation in Delaware County which received $8.4 million to replace a tunnel. Once completed, the tunnel will allow for the transiting of double-stack containers and multi-level auto rack traffic to and from the Port of Philadelphia.