Snyder announces $564K grant for rail infrastructure improvement

HARRISBURG, Dec. 15 — State Rep. Pam Snyder announced today that grant funding has been awarded for a rail freight improvement project in Greene County.

Smart Sand has been awarded $564,872 for its Sand Transload Improvement project in Greene County. The project involves the construction of a new turnout and replacement of four mobile conveyors. Railway turnouts help trains change tracks to other directions, while mobile conveyors help with the material unloading and transloading process.

“The Smart Sand Transload Improvement project is essential to keeping freight moving quickly and efficiently on our rails, and this investment helps move that project along,” Snyder said. “This project will go a long way toward enhanced freight mobility while providing jobs to our residents in Greene County.”

The money was distributed by the State Transportation Commission, part of PennDOT, which voted to approve $33 million for 25 rail freight projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP).

Pennsylvania ranks first in the country when it comes to the number of operating railroads with 65. To learn more about the rail grant programs, click here.