Senator Kim Ward Applauds Grants for Area Rail Projects

Harrisburg – Senate Transportation Committee Chair Kim Ward (R-39) today applauded the approval of rail infrastructure improvement grants to benefit Westmoreland County.

Ward said Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation will receive $1.5 million to improve the Radebaugh Subdivision, including rehabilitating a half-mile of track, replacing two turnouts, and constructing two sidings. Additionally, Noble Environmental (also referred to as Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill) will receive $250,000 to construct a side track to their facility enabling rail service.

“Rail freight is a key part of the economy, our region, and the entire commonwealth,” Ward said. “Modern, efficient railroad connections keep our region economically competitive, from creating jobs in our communities to moving goods from our local businesses.”

PennDOT’s Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP) provide financial assistance for investment in rail freight infrastructure across the Commonwealth.

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