Williams announces $500,500 railroad grant

POTTSVILLE, JAN. 13 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, today announced that East Penn Railroad LLC received $500,500 to improve track conditions by replacing approximately 4,500 ties on the Wilmington Northern line and 2,000 ties on its Quakertown line.

“The East Penn Railroad operates on 110 miles of track in southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware, serving as a lifeline to the region, bringing goods and, along with it, prosperity to our communities,” Williams said. “This $500,500 grant to improve track conditions on the Wilmington Northern and Quakertown lines will help ensure the continued growth of our local economies.”

East Penn Railroad was one of 26 rail freight improvement projects to receive funding. The State Transportation Commission voted to approve $31.3 million for the projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program and the Rail Freight Assistance Program. 

More information on Pennsylvania Department of Transportation rail grant programs is available at the department’s Rail Freight and Ports webpage.