State officials have announced that an $840,000 grant to Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad will enable the rail company to install new crossings along 14.5 miles of their Oil City branch, and replace nine grade crossings on railroad property.
The money is included in a total of $35.8 million in grants approved Thursday by the State Transportation Commission, which evaluates and assesses the resources needed to maintain and expand the state’s transportation system. $25.8 million is being directed toward the improvements of rail freight facilities, and $10 million is to be invested in aviation. Pennsylvania has 67 operating railroads, more than any other state, and 133 public-use airports and heliports.
The grants will be administered by PennDOT’s Bureaus of Aviation and Rail Freights, Ports and Waterways.