Rail improvements play significant part in DOT grants for port improvements

At least 10 of 18 facilities will address rail infrastructure as part of Maritime Adminstration-funded projects
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WASHINGTON — Rail improvements are part of at least 10 of the 18 ports receiving grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration Port Infrastructure Development Program. The 18 recipients named in today's announcement are receiving a total of $220 million.

Trains News Wire has already covered some of these projects as they have been announced locally. Others receiving funds for projects which specifically mention a rail element on the DOT website are:

— Port of Conneaut, Ohio: $19.5 million for rail and road improvements including a new rail spur connecting the East Conneault Industrial Park to the port.

— Seattle: $10.7 million for Terminal 5 modernization work including on-terminal rail infrastructure improvements.

— Sparrows Point, Baltimore: $9.88 million for a bulk import and export terminal, plus other elements including an upgrade of the rail connection.

— Missouri River Terminal, Kansas City, Mo.: $9.88 million for improvements to provide regional access to the river, rail, and highway network.

— Coos Bay, Ore.: $9.88 million for phase two improvements to the Coos Bay Rail Line, including replacement of 67,000 ties, plus ballast and resurfacing work on the 121-mile line between Coos Bay and Eugene, Ore.

— Port Arthur, Texas: $9.7 million for replacement of aging critical port infrastructure including erection of a building providing storage and an all-weather truck and rail loading area.

— Portland, Maine: $4.1 million for modernization and improvements including rail upgrades.

Previously reported projects include those in Palm Beach, Fla. (details here); Brownsville, Texas (more here); and Norfolk, Va. (more here).

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