New York to invest $27 million on rail infrastructure improvements


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced $27.1 million to fund rail and port improvement projects across the state.

The grants, from the governor’s Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program, will support projects that strengthen infrastructure and economic development vital to the movement of goods throughout the state, according to a statement issued by the governor’s office.

“New York’s rail and port infrastructure is critical to local economies across the state, and these grants will not only support existing commercial activities but to help attract new business investments as well,” Gov. Cuomo said in the statement. “With these improvements, we can keep these economic engines running, and ensure safe and efficient travel for both passenger and freight customers statewide.”

The list of grant recipients and awards are:

Capital Region – $4.2 million

Pan Am Southern, Rensselaer County – $2.7 million to reconfigure and expand tracks at the Hoosick Junction Interchange.

Albany Port Railroad Corp., Albany County – $1.2 million to replace an existing switcher locomotive with a Tier 4 compliant switcher (Clean Diesel Locomotive).

Schenectady County Industrial Development Agency, Schenectady County – $0.3 million for rail track improvements at the Glenville Business and Technology Park.

Central New York – $4.5 million

Finger Lakes Railway Corp., Cayuga County, – $2.8 million for coordinated yard improvements.

Central New York Regional Transportation Authority, Onondaga County, – $0.6 million for William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center Platform Rehabilitation.

New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway Corp., Onondaga County – $1.1 million for installation of 2.6 miles of new continuous welded rail.

Finger Lakes – $4.7 million

Falls Road Railroad Co., Inc., Niagara and Orleans Counties – $0.9 million for bridge repairs and track rehabilitation between Lockport and Brockport.

Ontario Midland Railroad Corp., Wayne County – $2.9 million for 15 miles of track rehabilitation and improve three grade crossings.

Rochester & Southern Railroad, Inc., Genesee County – $0.9 million for rehabilitation of nine public grade crossings and one bridge.

Mid-Hudson – $1.6 million

Middletown & New Jersey Railroad, LLC, Orange County – $1.6 million for track rehabilitation and siding.

Mohawk Valley – $2.6 million

Mohawk, Adirondack and Northern Railroad Corp., Oneida County – $1.8 million for engine house expansion and track and bridge rehabilitation.

City of Rome, Oneida County – $0.8 million for rehabilitation of a combined railroad – highway bridge.

New York City – $6.3 million

Long Island Rail Road, Queens County – $2.8 million to rehabilitate the Union Turnpike bridge.

NYC Department of Small Business Services, Richmond County – $3.5 million for rehabilitation of the Arthur Kill Lift Bridge.

Southern Tier – $1.9

Central New York Railroad Corp., Delaware and Sullivan County – $0.6 million to replace high side rail and track rehabilitation.

B & H Rail Corp., Steuben County – $0.8 million for bridge rehabilitations.

Catskill Revitalization Corp., Delaware County – $0.5 million to restore 6.7 miles of rail for the scenic “Highmount Project”.

Western New York – $1.3 million

Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Steuben South Tier Extension Railroad Authority, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties – $1.3 million for track rehabilitation and grade crossing improvements from Steamburg to Poland Center.



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