The Patrick Administration today announced the awarding of seven grants totaling $2.5 million for industrial rail projects as part of the 2014 Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP). The IRAP funding for the seven projects is being matched by more than $1.9 million in private sector funds for a total $4.5 million investment in freight rail improvements in the second year of the IRAP program.
The Industrial Rail Access Program created as part of the 2012 Transportation Bond Bill provides grants to railroads, rail shippers and municipalities providing public benefits through improved use of the rail transportation network or enhancing economic growth through rail access.
“The Patrick Administration has made better access to freight rail service a priority,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. “The carefully selected projects are designed to work with regional and local transportation plans for the benefit of each community and area.”
“When we invest in rail to better move people and goods, the bottom line is that we are creating jobs and improving opportunity for people across the Commonwealth,” said MassDOT Rail & Transit Director and MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott. “These grants also boost a freight rail industry that has a positive impact on our environment.”
The seven 2014 IRAP recipients represent a variety of projects meeting the program objective of improving the rail network while boosting economic growth. Recipients and the state grant awarded are as follows:
- Pioneer Valley Railroad- $310,032: Westfield- Easthampton Mainline Yard Capacity Project
- Omnova Solutions- $500,000: Fitchburg- 123 Industrial Park Rail Siding Phase II rehabilitation on Pan Am Southern
- PCA Systems/Holland Chemical – $351,300: Adams- rail siding, unloading system and storage shelter with road crossing on Pan Am Southern RR
- North East Refrigerated Terminals- $474,618: Taunton- Mass Coastal RR siding rehabilitation & rail to trailer cross docking facility
- Horizon Milling- $240,000: Ayer- upgrade existing “loop” track serving Nemco Way Industrial Park- Cargill/Horizon Milling & Catania Spagna in Ayer off Pan Am Freight mainline
- Lenox Valley Waste Transfer Facility- $189,000: Lenox- rail siding extension and railcar loading/staging transfer station improvements on Housatonic RR
- New England Central Railroad- $499,800: Palmer- Industrial Park Freight Capacity Expansion Project
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