State money to help improve track between Reading, Ephrata

East Penn RR will receive $630K for rail project

HARRISBURG, Pa. - State money will help keep trains running safely along a line that moves freight between Berks and Lancaster counties.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday the approval of $32 million being spent on 27 rail freight improvement projects, including one that will help the East Penn Railroad rehabilitate some of its track in eastern Pennsylvania.

"Keeping our extensive rail freight system in good shape is a vital component of creating a sound foundation for Pennsylvania's economy," Wolf said. "These investments underscore our continued commitment in building a world-class infrastructure system that supports the creation of new jobs and our business community."

East Penn, headquartered in Kennett Square, Chester County, will receive $630,000 to rehabilitate 12 miles of track on its Lancaster Northern line between Ephrata and Reading and 11 miles of track on its Quakertown line in Bucks and Montgomery counties.

The work will include ties and track surfacing to maintain safe operations, officials said.

"Rail freight is an important component of Pennsylvania's transportation network and these investments create opportunities for expansion and job creation," said PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards. "Gov. Wolf and I are committed to delivering transportation services that keep people and goods moving and the economy growing in Pennsylvania."

The state has 67 operating railroads and approximately 5,600 miles of freight lines, officials said.

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