Sainato: More than $262,000 awarded to expand freight rail track capacity

Will allow New Castle railroad to construct siding track

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 12 – A $262,500 state grant will enable New Castle Industrial Railroad to expand its main line track capacity, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today.

Sainato said the grant approved by the State Transportation Commission is a critical
investment in Lawrence County’s rail infrastructure.

“Successful commerce relies on efficient channels of distribution, and that means having sufficient network of track to keep goods flowing,” Sainato said. “Funding from this grant will allow New Castle Industrial Railroad to construct additional track to minimize slowdowns and ensure the smoothest possible flow of products and materials. The project will also create new jobs for our community.”

Sainato said the project will fund the construction of a new 3,200-foot siding that will expand the railroad’s main line track capacity and accommodate increased interchange traffic with CSX and NS railroads.

The grant is part of a package of $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.