Secondary lines will benefit from a series of federal subsidies

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Written by Bill Wilson, editor

RJ Corman was one of the few branch line companies to receive CRISI funding.

RJ Corman

A set of Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) awards have been announced to help shortline rail companies maintain their lines.

A rail project in Berks County, Pennsylvania will receive a $14.7 million grant to rehabilitate 8.6 miles of track and replace or restore 14 bridges between Boyerstown and Pottstown. Also included are the financing of two transhipment sites and a drainage project.

RJ Corman will receive $7.3 million for his Kentucky centerlines. The money will be used for a project to build a new rail-to-truck freight transshipment facility near Frankfurt and for improvements to a rail yard and transshipment facility in Lexington. This project will include rehabilitation of level crossings and tracks, replacement of switches and expansion of storage platforms.

The Alabama Tennessee River Railway has won a $4.96 million grant for safety improvements on its line between Birmingham and Guntersville, Ala. SR 144, reactivating rockslide warning signals to allow a 25mph train speed between Birmingham and Ragland, and rehabilitating nine bridges.

The Gettysburg Northern Railway received a $1.84 million grant to rehabilitate 24 miles of track in Adams and Cumberland counties. The project includes the construction of a bypass track, improvements to 15 crossings and the repair of seven culverts.

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