HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf announced the approval of more than $2.7 million in rail freight improvement projects that will enhance freight mobility while creating or sustaining jobs across Pennsylvania.
In Northumberland County, Boyd Station was approved for $2.6 million to expand its rail infrastructure and construct four new tracks and install unloading equipment. In Union County, Winfield Storage was approved for $130,900 to rehabilitate approximately 400 feet of track and build an unloading pit and conveyor to transload the agricultural products from rail to truck.
Twenty-six projects that will sustain more than 200 jobs were approved across Pennsylvania.
"Investing in our states rail system creates jobs and supports efficient freight travel," said Gov. Wolf. "These investments help us build a world-class infrastructure system and support the business community."
The State Transportation Commission voted to approve $31.3 million for the projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP).
Pennsylvania has 65 operating railroads, which is more than any other state. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is committed to working with private rail operators and rail-served businesses to construct new rail lines and assist in maintaining and improving Pennsylvania’s roughly 5,600 miles of freight lines.
— JUSTIN STRAWSER