Blake Applauds Announcement of $ 1.5 Million in Local Rail Grants

SCRANTON, May 12, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today applauded the announcement of more than $1.5 million in grant funding for three rail projects located in Lackawanna County.

The local funding is part of a $36 million investment in 15 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and 16 projects through the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP). The state funds were approved earlier today at a meeting of the State Transportation Commission.

“Both the RTAP and RFAP programs are critically important state investments in our rail infrastructure. These state investments protect jobs and generate economic activity throughout the Commonwealth,” Blake said. “I congratulate the three local recipients of grant funding and look forward to our continued efforts to expand regional rail freight service to local industries.”

The largest grant locally was a $690,900 RFAP grant awarded to the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad Company Inc. to repair the Delaware-Lackawanna railroad bridge over the west branch of the Lehigh River. The construction will include wingwall and backwall restoration, bridge seat cleaning, resurfacing and re-establishment of original bridge elevation.

Kane Warehousing Inc. received a $227,500 RFAP grant to construct a 1,000-foot track spur and one turnout. RFAP is a program underwritten through the new Multimodal Fund created by Act 89.

An RTAP grant awarded $630,000 to the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority to install 9,000 new ties on the Carbondale mainline track. RTAP is a capital budget program funded with state bond proceeds.

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