More than $2.3 million awarded to fund Alaska railroad projects
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration announced more than $326 million in grants supporting railroad infrastructure across the country Wednesday, with about $2.3 million of those funds awarded to Alaska.
“These investments in intercity passenger and freight rail will benefit surrounding communities, make grade crossings safer and improve service reliability,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
Here's how the funds in Alaska will be divided, according to the FRA:
Fiscal Year 2018 Special Transportation Circumstances Program
Alaska — Flat Car Electrification Project
Up to $1,405,871
Installs or converts 480/240-volt electrical power capabilities on 28 Alaska Railroad Corporation flatcars to allow temperature control on trailer-hauled freight.
Alaska — Flat Car Acquisition Project
Up to $921,808
Purchases 10 new 89-foot general service flat cars for the Alaska Railroad Corporation, allowing multiple container configurations and the removal of 16 older, shorter flat cars.
The funds awarded outside of Alaska will go toward 43 projects in 28 states under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program, which the FRA says "funds a wide range of projects that improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail systems."
Over $118 million of those funds were awarded to rural projects.
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