Pennsylvania receives $11.3M federal rail grant

The Federal Railroad Association recently awarded the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) a $11.3 million Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant.

The agency will use the funding for the approximately $25 million Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad’s (BPRR) Rebuilding Western Pennsylvania project.

The project will improve safety, freight reliability, and supply chain efficiency by making infrastructure improvements to the Main Line Subdivision and P&W Subdivision of the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad in Armstrong, Butler, Jefferson and Lawrence counties.

The rail line supports the transportation of multiple commodities and interchanges with Canadian National Railway, CSX, and Allegheny Valley Railroad.

The CRISI grant provides 45 percent of the needed funding, PennDOT will provide $4 million and BPRR will provide $9.75 million.