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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in Pennsylvania

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  by bwparker1
COuld this mean the reopening of the long dormant Pleasant Gap Insutrial Track?

RENDELL ADMINISTRATION RELEASES $1.5 MILLION FOR RAIL-FREIGHT IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS: On behalf of Governor Edward G. Rendell, state Transportation Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. today announced the award of more than $1.5 million in state capital budget funds to help finance needed infrastructure repairs on four rail-freight projects. "The smooth and efficient operation of our railroads contributes to economic development, job creation and safer highways," Biehler said. "These grants provide the capital necessary to maintain and expand essential rail- freight operations in Pennsylvania." PennDOT's Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways oversees the funding which will be used for the construction, maintenance, repair and rehabilitation of rail lines, rail sidings and grade crossings. The state leads the nation with 70 operating railroads. With 5,600 miles of track, the state ranks fifth in the nation in total track mileage. Recipients of capital budget funding are:
SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority, Lewisburg, $210,000. The funding will be used to help finance construction of a bridge over a new railroad spur along the Whiterock Quarry track near Pleasant Gap, Centre County.
Northeast Freight Transfer, Inc., Scranton, $500,000. Money will be used to rehabilitate the rail infrastructure at the Tyler Intermodal Facility in Taylor, Lackawanna County.
Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad Company, Monroeville, $501,000. The grant will help pay for the rehabilitation of main line and passing lane and reconstruction of 75 miles to ensure continued freight service in Allegheny, Butler and Mercer counties.
Energy Resources, Inc., Brockway, $333,744. This project involves rehabilitation of a spur off the Buffalo & Pittsburgh mainline that will allow for an increase in coal loading and transloading other materials, including aggregates and salt.