DARLINGTON — A Beaver County railroad project will receive $339,500 in state aid, one of 33 rail freight improvement projects that were approved Tuesday for additional funding.
“Pennsylvania has more operating railroads than any other state, and investing in our rail freight network keeps these invaluable assets in prime position to generate economic growth and jobs,” said Gov. Tom Corbett. “Improving rail networks not only spurs our economy, it also increases safety by helping to ease traffic on our highways.”
The State Transportation Commission approved $33.4 million for 15 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and 14 projects through the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP). RTAP is a capital budget grant program funded with bonds and RFAP is underwritten through the new Multi-Modal Fund, created by Act 89, officials said in a release.
The development of Marcellus shale also helped raise funds.
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