Delloso announces $14.4 million rail freight improvement project for Delaware County

RIDLEY PARK, Dec. 12 – State Rep. David Delloso, D-Delaware, announced the state’s approval to fund a $14.4 million project to improve freight rail lines in Delaware County.

“After talking to experts during the last several years, I’m convinced our region has the skilled workforce and infrastructure in place to be the major hub for the entire Northeast,” Delloso said. “Our region is poised for economic growth, and this project helps ensure it. This project is good news for Delaware County and the rest of the entire region. It will create jobs in our district, and it will allow for a more efficient delivery of goods headed out of the Port of Philadelphia.”

Pennsylvania allocated $14.4 million to lower CSX Transportation tracks under nine overhead obstructions to permit the use of double-stack containers and multi-level auto traffic to and from the Port of Philadelphia. The project was one of 26 freight projects approved by Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday.

The project in Delaware County was the largest of the 26 projects approved Thursday.

Pennsylvania has 65 operating railroads, which is more than any other state in the country. PennDOT's focus remains 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.