WEST CHESTER (April 29, 2019) – State Senator Andy Dinniman today announced that nearly $2.1 million in total state funding has been approved for two major rail freight improvement projects in Chester County.

“Investments in our rail freight network create opportunities for expansion and job growth,” Dinniman said. “In addition, improving and updating our rail infrastructure enhances safety on our local roads and highways by easing traffic congestion.”

The projects were approved today by the State Transportation Commission. They are as follows:

  • $1.6 million for Mittal Steel USA Railways to rehabilitate a railroad bridge, five turnouts, and more than one mile of track to increase yard operation efficiencies.
  • $500,000 for the East Penn Railroad to rehabilitate approximately 27 miles of track with new ties and rail on the Octoraro Line.

In total, the commission approved more than $23.5 million in funding for 27 rail freight projects statewide that are expected to help create and sustain 255 jobs across the Commonwealth.

With 67 operating railroads, Pennsylvania has more than any other state and there are more than 5,000 miles of freight lines in the state.