HARRISBURG – Four rail infrastructure projects in Blair County will receive a total of nearly $3.5 million in grants from the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT), according to Senator Judy Ward (R-30) and Representative Jim Gregory (R-80).
Projects that will receive grants include:
• A $700,000 award to Curry Rail Services for a project to expand and rehabilitate yard tracks at their facility to increase capacity and support their new business line.
• A $693,357 award to Millennium Rail, LLC to rehabilitate yard tracks at the Hollidaysburg Tank Car Shop to increase the yard’s capacity and efficiency.
• A $700,000 award to Mineral Manufacturing Corporation to construct an unloading pit, acquire unloading equipment, and rehabilitate nearly one mile of yard tracks.
• A $1.4 million award to D Holdings to rehabilitate yard tracks at the Hollidaysburg Transload Facility and construct a new siding to serve existing and future businesses.
“Railroads have always been an integral part of the history and growth of the surrounding area,” Ward said. “Investing in our rail infrastructure not only honors our past heritage but also benefits our existing industries by allowing increased efficiency and creating opportunities for expansion in the future.”
“These expansion projects are important not only for the economy in Blair County, but also throughout the nation,” Gregory said. “Senator Ward and I recently visited some of these facilities to learn about their work with domestic materials. These industry leaders are poised to grow, and I’m proud to support that growth.”
The grants were awarded through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program and the Rail Freight Assistance Program, both of which are administered by PennDOT. A total of 27 rail infrastructure projects throughout the state received financial support from the state in the current round of funding.
CONTACT: Cheryl Schriner (717) 787-5490 (Senator Ward)
Jennifer Fitch (717)260-6335 (Representative Gregory)