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New York: Full list of 38 rail projects that will get $76.4 million

Christian Fernsby |
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $76.4 million in funding for 38 projects to renew and modernize New York’s freight rail infrastructure.

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These 100 percent State funded grants complement the more than $100 million annually in private infrastructure investments made in New York by the freight rail industry.

Strategic investments in freight rail improvements are essential for maintaining and enhancing market access for manufacturing and agricultural businesses across the State, including Alcoa in the North Country Region, Corning in the Southern Tier Region, and Lackawanna Products in the Western New York Region.

The Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program, administered by the New York State Department of Transportation, supports investments that enhance the safe movement of freight goods, improves service reliability to retain and grow manufacturing jobs, and supports economic development, especially upstate.

Today’s announcement provides funding for track and bridge rehabilitation, capacity expansion, procurement of cleaner rail equipment, and the modernization and expansion of rail infrastructure in freight yards and at seaport facilities.

Today’s strategic investments in freight rail also serve to support New York’s nation leading climate goals. Freight rail has proven to be one the most fuel-efficient methods for moving commerce and is more than three-times more efficient compared to goods movement by truck.

A single freight rail train removes several hundred trucks from our roadways, mitigating congestion and harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Capital Region - $17.274 Million

• $4.800 million to the Albany Port District Commission toward the rehabilitation of the maritime shed and rehabilitation of a section of adjacent rail to increase the Port’s cargo handling area.

• $2.100 million to the Albany Port Railroad Corporation toward the replacement of an older switch locomotive with new equipment that will significantly reduce nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions.

• $5.000 million to Norfolk Southern Railway toward safety and service reliability enhancements, including the rehabilitation of 15 miles of track along the Voorheesville corridor, grade crossing resurfacing, the installation of welded rail, and other enhancements.

• $767,000 to Pan Am Southern toward safety and service reliability enhancements, including the replacement of a timber bridge deck and installation of new welded rail on the main track over the Hudson River and repairing the bearings of the bridge over Kickerbocker Road.

• $4.607 million to Pan Am Southern toward rehabilitation of an eight-mile section of the Rotterdam Branch, including the replacement of ties and ballast, and bridge and concrete repairs.

Central New York Region - $9.737 Million

• $3.510 million to the City of Syracuse toward the rehabilitation of the rail bridge over Onondaga Street and Dickerson Street to enhance the safety and service reliability of the structure.

• $300,000 to the Port of Oswego Authority toward the Oswego Harbor deepening project feasibility study.

• $2.240 million to the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway Corporation toward safety and service reliability enhancements, including the replacement of nearly five miles of jointed rail on the Syracuse mainline with continuous welded rail.

• $2.100 million to the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway Corporation toward business development through the construction of approximately 4,100 feet of new track serving Yard Track in Cortland County.

• $1.587 million to the Finger Lakes Railway Corporation toward the rehabilitate of the bridge over Route 174.

Finger Lakes Region - $15.874 Million

• $1.224 million to the Arcade & Attica Railroad Corporation toward safety and service reliability enhancements, including replacement of rail, ties, and ballast, along a two-mile section of the line.

• $448,000 to the Depew Lancaster & Western Railroad Company toward DLWR will construction of a new bulk transload track and rail site access improvements.

• $985,000 to the Falls Road Railroad Company toward safety and service reliability enhancements, including the replacement of the rail bridge deck over the Erie Canal and ties along the mainline.

• $4.257 million to the Livonia, Avon and Lakeville Railroad Corporation toward the installation of approximately 10 miles of continuously welded rail.

• $2.100 million to the Ontario Midland Railroad Corporation toward the replacement of an older switch locomotive with new equipment that will significantly reduce nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions.

• $4.947 million to the Rochester & Southern Railroad to enhance safety and service reliability, including the repair of 21 bridges on the Rochester Southern mainline, the replacement of more than three miles of track miles of track, and rehabilitate Brooks Avenue Yard.

• $2.263 million to the Town of Batavia toward the construction of a new rail sidetrack will be constructed from the CSX controlled siding to enhance the shipping and receiving recyclable materials of all categories; and for other commodities of future customers served by the site.

• $100,000 to the Ontario Midland Railroad Corporation toward resurfacing of the at-grade Wilson Road rail crossing.

Mid-Hudson Region - $1.809 Million

• $1.809 million to the Middletown & New Jersey Railroad toward safety and service reliability enhancements, including the expansion of the Campbell Hall Yard and track rehabilitation.

Mohawk Valley Region - $2.876 Million

• $1.028 million to the Griffiss Local Development Corporation toward enhancing service reliability by replacing ties, switch tie sets and ballasts in the Griffiss Yard and along sidings.

• $460,000 to the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society toward the rehabilitation and expansion of the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad.

• $201,000 to the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society toward the replacement of locomotive wheels.

• $1.187 million to the Mohawk, Adirondack & Northern Railroad Corporation toward the rehabilitation of its Utica Yard and Lyons Falls mainline tracks, including new ties, switch timbers, stone and surfacing. New York City Region - $6.072 Million

• $1.400 million to the New York & Atlantic Railway Company toward the construction of approximately 1,000 feet of new track on a new alignment within the exiting right-of-way.

• $4.672 million to the Long Island Rail Road toward the rehabilitation of the Remsen Avenue Bridge to accommodate industry standard 286K-load railcars.

North Country Region - $7.082 Million

• $1.406 million to the Clinton County Industrial Development Authority toward expansion of commodity handling capacity and construction of an additional rail spur/enhanced rail access to the facility.

• $1.833 million to the New York & Ogdensburg Railway Company toward safety and service reliability enhancements, including the rehabilitation and upgrade of a five-mile section of the track to Class 1 standards.

• $1.111 million to the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority toward the reconstruction of the East Wharf and West Wharf tracks and repairs to Terminal Warehouse No. 2.

• $900,000 to the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency toward the rehabilitation of existing track, including replacing ties, timbers, switches, rail anchors and signals.

• $1.832 million to the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency Local Development Corporation toward safety and service reliability enhancements, including the rehabilitation of the lead track and bridge over the Oswegatchie River.

Southern Tier Region - $5.667 Million

• $932,000 to the B&H Railroad Corporation toward construction of a new one-mile siding off the B&H mainline to facilitate interchange with Norfolk Southern and reduce track congestion.

• $3.113 million to the Central New York Railroad Corporation toward to enhance safety and service reliability, including the installation of more than 72,000 linear feet of continuous welded rail and the replacement or renewal of more than 10,000 ties and ballast.

• $1.400 million to the Ithaca Central Railroad toward the enhancement of safety, service reliability and speeds, including high priority bridge repairs and replacement of ties, ballast and sub-ballast stabilization.

• $222,000 to R. J. Corman Railroad Company toward the rehabilitation of four at grade crossings, switch replacements and new signage.

Western New York Region - $9.540 Million

• $3.139 million to the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad toward safety enhancements, including the deployment of technology to detect axle and signal issues, upgrades to at-grade public crossings and the installation of new ties and ballast.

• $1.704 million to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency toward safety enhancements and the class upgrade of the Buffalo Southern Railroad, including restoration of five bridges and the rehabilitation of seven miles of track.

• $1.617 million to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency toward safety and service reliability enhancements for the Depew Lancaster & Western Railroad Company, including track rehabilitation and removal of an obsolete bridge.

• $3.080 million to the South Buffalo Railway Company toward safety and service reliability enhancements, including construction of additional track capacity and the elimination of existing clearance restrictions.


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