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Area rail service gets $1.3M in state funding

The region will receive roughly $1.3 million in state funding to improve freight rail service, Gov. David Paterson’s office announced Thursday.

In Arcade, Wyoming County, $1.3 million will be used to relocate and reconstruct 2,200 feet of the Arcade and Attica Railroad track. The upgrade will accommodate the expansion of Koike Aronson Inc., a welding manufacturer. Additionally, the funding will support the construction of a railroad spur off the existing Norfolk-Southern Railroad at the Hillcrest Industries Inc. site in the village of Attica.

In Dansville, Livingston County, $150,000 will be used to replace nine bridge decks and rehabilitate 13 miles of track used by the Rochester and Southern Railroad, a subsidiary of Genesee and Wyoming Inc., that will support operations at the American Motive Power Inc. manufacturing facility.

“These projects will support business and put New Yorkers to work,” Paterson said in a statement. “By reconstructing these important rail lines, we are telling local businesses that New York will be their partner to help operate, expand and generate economic activity in Western New York.”
 

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