Pennsylvania Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson has announced the awarding of an $11,926,000 Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant. The funds will be used for the Freight Rail Capacity and Safety Enhancement Project that will improve rail service in McKean, Venango, and Crawford Counties.
"Reliable infrastructure is necessary to continue safely moving freight throughout our region," stated Representative Thompson. "This investment will better connect freight service, greatly improve safety, and bolster our capacity for increased commerce in North Western Pennsylvania. This grant is a real victory and I commend the McKean County Commissioners and Economic Development Organization for their persistence with this project.”
“The announcement from Congressman Glenn Thompson that McKean County will be receiving 11.9 million dollars in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) funding represents a transformational economic development opportunity for McKean, Venango and Crawford counties," said Sherri Geary, director of McKean County Economic Development. "The positive impact on our environment and our roadways will be realized by a reduction in Truck traffic. Submitting this application on behalf of McKean County and our region is one of the proudest moments of my career.”