WEST CHESTER (December 12, 2019) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that over $2 million in Chester County rail freight improvement funds were approved at the State Transportation Commission’s quarterly meeting.

“Efficiency and safety in freight travel will only serve to boost Chester County’s economy, and these funds will go directly to the rehabilitation of tracks and turnouts,” Dinniman, who worked to get the Chester County funding, said. “With the state’s investment in the project, I am looking forward to the positive change that can be created.”

Arcelor Mittal Plate is receiving $2,213,056 for their project titled, “Rolling Mill & Electric Melt Shop Track Rehabilitation.” The focus is on rehabilitating tracks, turnouts, and private crossings which serve its rolling mill and electric melt shop sites.

Throughout the state, Pennsylvania has 65 operating railroads – more than any other state in the country. Pennsylvania is also home to roughly 5,600 miles of freight lines. In total, 26 projects were approved by the State Transportation Commission.