WEST CHESTER (February 27) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced that more than $ 428,000 in total state grant funding has been awarded for two rail freight improvement projects in the City of Coatesville.

trainsliderThe State Transportation Commission voted to approve the funds, which are managed by PennDOT through the Rail Freight Assistance Program. The projects are as follows:

  • $230,790 for Mittal Steel USA Railroads, Inc. to rebuild 1,598 feet of track and replace two turnouts.
  • $197,610 for Arcelor Plate, LLC to rehabilitate more than 1,500 feet of track and one turnout.

“Investments in our rail freight network help stimulate economic development and job growth,” Dinniman said. “In addition, improving and updating our rail infrastructure increases safety by easing traffic on our local roads and highways.”

The Rail Freight Assistance Program is an annual grant program that provides financial assistant for investment in rail freight infrastructure. It is underwritten through the new Multi-Modal Fund, created by Act 89 of 2013.

The Coatesville projects are part of more than $33.4 million in total state funding approved for 33 rail freight projects throughout the Commonwealth. In total, the projects will help sustain more than 43,000 jobs statewide.

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