CSX Gets Stimulus Funds To Expand Freight Capacity

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood is giving out a new round stimulus money that will allow trains to carry more cargo boxes from ohio to the east coast, helping take commercial truck traffic off highways.

Lahood on Wednesday announced $1.5 billion in stimulus grants for projects he says will have significant economic and environmental benefits.

CSX Corp. will get $98 million to expand tunnels and bridges, allowing trains to handle double-stacked cargo containers.

The stimulus money will help complete the first corridor of the project, from northwest Ohio to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, through West Virginia and Maryland.

Ohio also is getting $20 million to build a new bus transit center in Kent, improving travel links to Cleveland and Akron.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by me on Feb 18, 2010 at 06:33 AM
    instead of lining the pockets of the rich business, how about doing the right and smart thing and giving that money to the people who can actually use it. the common people who are struggling to find a job and to keep their homes.
  • by Phillip Location: Davisville, Wood County on Feb 18, 2010 at 06:11 AM
    I'm certain that over-the-road truckers like my neighbor, who - along with 60 other career and loyal drivers were the recipients of permanent pink slips - will find little joy in learning of this. CSX is the same company who is holding up aquisition of the final connector links of the North Bend Rail Trail State Park from Wolf Summit to Clarksburg and Happy Valley to east Parkersburg. I'm all for the stimulus money that's been passed around, and unlike too many others who are blindsighted from an idiotic partisan agenda and want the President to fail no matter the cost, I have seen a lot of good done in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. However, I don't have to enjoy all of it. I suppose it's a matter of whose ox is being gored and whose isn't...
  • by me on Feb 18, 2010 at 04:24 AM
    Taking jobs away from the truck drivers
  • by Roger Location: Williamstown on Feb 17, 2010 at 05:42 PM
    This is good news and we need it. Thanks to those who are making it happen.
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