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By Jill Brubaker Reigh
Hollidaysburg Correspondent 

Funds for Job Sustainability and Growth Announced

 

Jill Brubaker Reigh

Railroad may again be king in Blair County with infusion of funds. Here an Everett Railroad locomotive pulls cars from the DeGol Industrial Center.

Blair County's railroad revival picked up more than $2 million of steam recently with the announcement of rail infrastructure funding that has been earmarked for two Hollidaysburg projects by the governor's office.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced the transportation system initiatives in late April.

In all, Gov. Tom Wolf announced the approval of 27 rail freight improvement projects, totaling nearly $3.5 million that, according to a press release, will help create and sustain 255 jobs across Pennsylvania.

"Keeping goods and services moving across Pennsylvania's more than 5,000 miles of freight track is vital to the state's economy," Gov. Wolf said.

Included in the Hollidaysburg projects are Millennium Rail LLC, and D Holding. Millennium Rail is operated by Watco Companies while D Holding is a DeGol Organization initiative.

Jill Brubaker Reigh

Blair County's railroad revival picked up more than $2 million of steam recently with the announcement of rail Infrastructure funding that has been earmarked for two Hollidaysburg projects by the governor's office. Above is the view of the massive rail hub from Route 36 coming into Hollidaysburg.

Millennium Rail will receive $693,357 in state funds to rehabilitate yard tracks at the Hollidaysburg Tank Car Shop. They are slated to replace rail ties, turnouts and ballast in order to increase the yard's capacity and efficiency.

D Holdings will receive $1.4 million to rehabilitate yard tracks at the Hollidaysburg Transload Facility and construct a new siding to serve existing and future businesses. D Holdings acquired the former Samuel Rea Car Shops near Hollidaysburg in 2006. The property includes 35 miles of rail track that the transload facility maintains. Seven D Industries and several other businesses are also located on the property.

"Each of these projects will fund some critical rail bed and track improvements that will allow better flow of goods and services to the respective companies and locations," Bruce Erb, Blair County commissioner, said. "These investments should help expand and increase the reliability of the rail connections which preserves family-sustaining jobs, makes the business's operations more efficient, and helps meet the needs of their customers."

 

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