Friday, February 12, 2010

Freight spur construction on Long Island moves forward

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Construction of a rail freight spur in Riverhead, N.Y., could begin this March, indicative of a slow but steady revival in rail freight activity on Long Island, often associated only with heavy passenger rail activity courtesy of the Long Island Rail Road.

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Riverhead's town board has awarded a $3.49 million contract to Railroad Construction Co., of Paterson, N.J., to activate a rail spur off LIRR’s Ronkonkoma Branch, once used by Northrop Grumman Corp. The project is being paid largely through federal stimulus funding.

Freight service will be provided by New York & Atlantic Railway, which provides freight service on LIRR’s rail network. New York & Atlantic is owned by Anacostia & Pacific Co., Inc., based in Chicago.