Thursday, May 12, 2016

Wolf Administration Announces New Rail Projects That Will Create, Retain 48,000 Jobs Through State Investment

Harrisburg, PA – An estimated 9,200 jobs will be created and more than 39,000 will be retained over the next five years due to thirty-one rail projects being made possible by two PennDOT-managed grant programs. 
“Pennsylvania has the most railroads in the country and these make up a vital component of our economic and transportation activities,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These investments underscore our role in supporting jobs and economies across the state.”
The State Transportation Commission (STC) voted today to approve $36 million for 15 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and 16 projects through the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP). RTAP is a capital budget grant program funded with bonds and RFAP is underwritten through the new Multimodal Fund, created by Act 89.
Act 89 is a far-reaching transportation program that clears the way for significant investments in all transportation modes.
Projects include:
McKean County:
·  American Refining Group Inc. -- $1.6 million to construct 50 feet of track, rehabilitate 1,400 feet of track, one turnout and two crossings, as well as modify six existing loading tracks.
·  Western New York PA Railroad Company LLC -- $500,000 to install 7,500 crossties, reconstruct two crossings, and track surfacing.