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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