Six rail projects among 58 receiving BUILD grant capital funding

Another 10 projects with rail component get capital or planning funding
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Of the 58 capital projects receiving this year’s U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grants, just six are fully rail oriented, while seven others have at least some rail component, based on information provided by the DOT.  There are also a dozen grants to plan future projects; of those, two projects are rail oriented and another has a rail component.

The full list was announced Wednesday, although numerous projects had already been announced individually by local officials.

Fully rail-oriented projects include:

— $25 million to the North Central Texas Council of Governments for double-tracking two segments, totaling $3.6 miles, of the Trinity Railway Express commuter rail corridor also serving Amtrak and freight movements, along with the installation of Clear Path technology to improvement the exchange of information about the line.

— $24.7 million for a new rail and bus station in Lexington, N.C. (previous Trains News Wire coverage available here).

— $20 million for the Stockton (Calif.) Diamond Grade Separation project (previous coverage here).

— $15 million for 34 new railcars for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, along with related upgrades (previous coverage here).

— $14.2 million for a 0.55-mile extension of the Kansas City Streetcar to the Berkley Waterfront (previous coverage here).

— $7 million for a 5.5-mile rail line to connect the Port of Cates Landing, Tenn., and its adjacent industrial site to the TennKen railroad (previous coverage here).

Rail-related projects not previously announced include:

— $25 million for improvements on Broadway Avenue in Polk County, Iowa, which will include an underpass to eliminate a grade crossing.

— $21 million for road improvements to the Bayfront Parkway in Erie, Pa., including removal of two grade crossings.

— $13.5 million for replacement of four bridges on U.S. Route 79 in Russellville, Ky., including one over CSX Transportation tracks that will increase clearance for trains.

— $5.4 million for the Crystal Valley Parkway Interchange on Interstate 25 in Castle Rock, Colo., which will include relocation of a frontage road to eliminate four unprotected grade crossings.

Previously announced rail-related projects are:

— $20.84 million for Improvements at America’s Central Port in Granite City, Ill., and the St. Louis Port Authority, including new railroad track at both facilities (previous coverage here).

— $13.2 million for overpasses on Hall Avenue in Hattiesburg, Miss., that will eliminate two grade crossings (previously covered here).

— $4 million for the U.S. Route 278-State Highway 83 connector in Montecello, Ark., which includes a grade-separation project for an Arkansas Midland Railroad line (previously covered here).

Planning awards with a rail component receiving funding are:

— $2 million to San Juan County, N.M., to complete the planning phase of the Four Corners Freight Rail Project, a proposed rail line connecting the Farmington, N.M., area to the BNSF main line.

— $1.4 million to Ponderay, Idaho, to improve access to the Pend d’Orielle Bay Train, including an underpass to eliminate a railroad grade crossing.

— $400,000 to the Western Connecticut Council of Governments to study potential improvements on Metro-North’s Danbury and New Canaan branch lines, and potentially expand service on the Danbury Branch north to New Milford and Brookfield, Conn.

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