Grants to Fund Railroad Improvements

Posted: Updated:
(photo courtesy of our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana) (photo courtesy of our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana)
WHITE PLAINS, NY -

The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded nearly $3.5 million to three Indiana agencies in an effort to boost railroad safety. The Indiana Rail Road Co., Indiana Department of Transportation and Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District will use the funds to make improvements throughout the state.

The Indiana Rail Road Co. has received nearly $130,000 to make improvements at 321 railroad crossings in 10 counties in Indiana and Illinois. Work will include clearing trees and brush from 201 highway grade railroad crossings and installing warning signs at 120 private road crossings that intersect with the Indiana Railroad.

INDOT has received $640,000 to upgrade four crossings that are considered "at-risk." The improvements will include the installation of flashing signals, automatic gates and warning bells, among others, at crossings in Oakland City, Muncie, Wheatfield and Shelburn.

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District has received $2.69 million to add two platform access points at the East Chicago Train Station. The FRA says the additions will reduce congestion, enhance safety and operational efficiencies, decrease passenger delays and reduce the probability of derailments.

"It is vitally important that we invest in safety as rail continues to play an increasingly larger role in this country, transporting tons of freight and millions of passengers each day," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "These grants will help address some of the improvements that are crucial to ensuring safe, reliable, and efficient railroad networks."

Indiana's grants are part of $25 million awarded to agencies in 14 states and the District of Columbia. 

  • Perspectives

    • Creating the Work Spaces that Draw Talent to Indianapolis

      The future economy will be driven by data, powered by robotics and heavily invested in the building blocks of nature – biotech and genetic engineering. That’s true of the economy nationwide, and it’s especially true here in Indianapolis, where dominant pharmaceutical and biotech companies are putting us at the cutting edge of the science-based economy. It all sounds larger than life. But the facilities that will house these industries will always be...

    More

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Allison and Stanley Chen provided the lead gift for the campaign. (Provided Photo/ISI)

      International School Launches Capital Campaign

      The International School of Indiana has publicly launched a capital campaign to establish a unified campus in Indianapolis. As part of the ONE ISI campaign, the school is looking to raise $6.5 million to build a new school building for pre-elementary and elementary students at the site of its middle and high schools. The public launch follows a 10-month silent phase of the campaign, during which ISI raised $5 million from more than two dozen donors. Currently, ISI's operations are...

    • Money magazine judges Fishers as 3rd best place to live in the U.S.

      Fishers Makes Top 10 List of 'Best Places to Live'

      Three communities in Indiana made the top 100 list of best places to live in the country, but only one made the top 10. Fishers was judged by Money magazine as the third best place to live in the United States, behind Clarksville, Tennessee and Round Rock, Texas.

    • Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch will be on hand for the announcement.

      Jobs Announcement Set for Indy

      City and state officials will Wednesday make a jobs announcement in downtown Indianapolis. Few details are available, however the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says leaders from an Indianapolis-based startup will be involved.

    • (photo courtesy of Dickinson Fleet Services)

      Dickinson Fleet Services Expands; Grows Talent Pool

      Indianapolis-based Dickinson Fleet Services is expanding its truck maintenance reach with the purchase of A1 Diesel Service of Hendersonville, Tennessee. Dickinson says this is its ninth acquisition since 2017 and the third in 2019. 

    • Photo courtesy of Bristol Parks

      Startup Plans to Add 250 Jobs By 2021

      A metal forming startup is seeking to use a facility in Bristol that has been empty since 2017 for a major manufacturing operation. The Elkhart Truth reports Brinco will invest $52 million in the project and add 250 jobs.