Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Work on Pennsylvanian Rail Freight Upgrade Begins

Major Program for Better Haulage Hailed by Governor
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PENNSYLVANIA / USA – American rail-and-intermodal freight giant CSX has started work with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to upgrade the rail corridor that runs through the state so as to allow double-stacked container traffic to operate on the line.

The project will see clearance increased on sixteen bridges along the route so as to allow the trains to run and will, according to CSX, create 1,200 direct and indirect jobs and expand the city of Philadelphia’s freight transportation options.

Funding for the upgrade is being supplied by CSX and the State of Pennsylvania to the tune of $12 million and $10 million each, with an additional $10 million coming from federal sources.

At an event to celebrate the construction the Governor of Pennsylvanian, Edward Rendell, said that: “This project is good news for Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I am proud to support this environmentally friendly, cost-effective double-stack improvement project that will provide long-term economic benefits for Pennsylvania and the nation.”

Michael Ward, President and CEO of CSX, said: “I especially want to thank the many CSX employees and their union affiliates who are working on this project and helping us address the regional and national transportation needs.”

(pic: Govenor Rendell)