Senator Mensch Announces $1.97 Million in Rail Infrastructure Improvement Projects

HARRISBURG – State Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) announced $1.97 million in rail freight improvement projects that will strengthen freight mobility in the district. 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).

The funding, which totaled to $1.97 million, included three projects – one in Berks County, one in Bucks County, and one in Montgomery County. The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Berks was awarded $991,250 to construct approximately 1,200 feet of yards tracks at their Boyertown Transload Facility. East Penn Railroad, LLC was granted $500,500 to improve track conditions by replacing approximately 4,500 ties on the Wilmington Northern line and 2,000 ties on the Quakertown line. The Pennsylvania Northeastern Railroad was granted $483,000 to replace approximately 6,000 ties on its Stony Creek branch and Bethlehem branch.

“Not only will these projects create and keep jobs throughout the 24th district, but continuing to invest in our rail infrastructure is a proven way to move goods and support our economy,” Mensch said.

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at facebook.com/PASenatorBobMensch/ or Twitter @SenatorMensch.

 

CONTACT: Madison Scarfaro mscarfaro@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388