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State approves $8M in grants for Pittsburgh-area railroads

| Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, 12:19 a.m.

The Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission approved nearly $8 million in grants on Friday for Pittsburgh-area railroads to make improvements and repairs, officials announced.

Ten short-line railroads or industries shipping via railroad in Western Pennsylvania received money. Statewide, 24 projects won grants totaling about $18.6 million.

PennDOT spokeswoman Erin Waters said many of the grant applications were tied to the Marcellus shale natural gas industry.

In Allegheny County, Allegheny Valley Railroad Co. got $1.6 million for the final phase of its Glenwood Yard reconstruction in Hazelwood.

In Ambridge, Beaver County, Nicholas Enterprises Inc. received about $416,000 for track remediation at the Pittsburgh Intermodal Terminal. An additional $250,000 went to install two rail spurs and equipment for loading and unloading at Nalco Co. in Monaca.

In Fayette County, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Railroad will get $1.2 million to rehabilitate its Fairmont Morgantown & Pittsburgh subdivision, and Brownsville Marine Products received $250,000 for a rail spur and conveyor system.

The Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad will get $2.1 million to rehabilitate and expand tracks in Indiana and Jefferson counties.

Johnstown Industrial Development Corp. received about $339,000 to rehabilitate a bridge and railroad track leading into Quemahoning Industrial Park in Somerset County.

The Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad got a $1.1 million grant to build a siding in Washington County; Three Rivers Marine & Rail Terminal, based in Charleroi, got $303,000 for new and rehabilitated track; and Alumisource LLC received $355,000 to re-establish a rail connection between its Monessen facility and a nearby CSX rail line.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writerfor Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or msantoni@tribweb.com.

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