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2017-02-08 / Local News

Funds to improve rail access to Sumitomo Rubber

Grants totaling $25 million will fund rail and port improvement projects across New York, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The grants, awarded through the governor’s Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program, will support projects that strengthen infrastructure and economic development vital to the movement of goods throughout the state. The grants will leverage an additional $5.4 million in public and private investments to complete the projects.

“These grants will help strengthen New York’s infrastructure, attract new investments and foster economic growth in communities in every corner of the state,” Cuomo said. “A strong, reliable transportation system is critical to supporting safe, efficient travel for both New Yorkers and visitors, and our investments are key to ensuring the long-term resiliency of infrastructure across the state to support economic growth for generations to come.”

According to a prepared statement, New York awarded $25 million to 19 applicants through a competitive solicitation process. These investments will support track rehabilitation, capacity expansion, railroad bridge repairs and economic development opportunities.

The list of grant recipients and awards includes $360,000 to rehabilitate and improve rail access to Sumitomo Rubber USA facilities, located in the Town of Tonawanda, through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.

Matthew J. Driscoll, commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, said, “Gov. Cuomo knows the importance of transportation. Because of his leadership, New York continues to make smart investments that are modernizing rail and port infrastructure, encouraging commerce and making New York businesses more competitive in the global marketplace.”

The Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program provides state investments that improve and enhance the movement of freight goods and support economic development statewide, according to the statement.

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