Friday, October 02, 2009

North Carolina DOT announces $9 million in FRA grants

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North Carolina’s Department of Transportation Thursday announced it had been awarded eight Federal Railroad Administration grants of more than $9 million. The funds will be used for track and safety improvements.

“These grants make it possible for us to improve capacity, reliability, and safety as we continue to modernize our state’s railroads,” said Transportation Secretary Gene Conti. “We look forward to strengthening our partnerships with municipalities, freight, and short line railroads as more grant funding becomes available for continued development of rail infrastructure.”

These eight grants will upgrade rail for heavier trains, reimburse recovery costs associated with Hurricane Hanna, advance locomotive emissions research, develop environmental documents and engineering for new grade separations, streamline freight operations to minimize congestion, and make safety improvements to private crossings on the federally designated Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor, one of 10 candidates for $8 billion in federal stimulus funds targeted for high speed rail development.