Burns: Local railroad awarded $3 million for infrastructure project

RJ Corman Railroad to replace track in Cambria, Clearfield counties

EBENSBURG, Jan. 12 – Marking another major investment in local industrial infrastructure, state Rep. Frank Burns today announced that the RJ Corman Railroad will receive a $3 million state grant to replace track in Cambria and Clearfield counties.

“This rail line is a critical link between industry and mining operations in Cambria County and the rest of the United States,” Burns said. “This sizeable investment in our region will ensure that these lines remain in good condition and that our industries can keep moving.”

The PennDOT grant will allow the railroad to replace approximately 7,500 ties and 74,000 feet of rail on worn areas of its Cherry Tree and Cresson subdivisions.

The State Transportation Commission voted Tuesday to approve $31.3 million to 26 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program and the Rail Freight Assistance Program.

Pennsylvania has 65 operating railroads, which is more than any other state. PennDOT is committed to working with private rail operators and rail-served businesses to construct new rail lines and assist in maintaining and improving Pennsylvania’s roughly 5,600 miles of freight lines.