Schumer: Rail Lines To Be Fixed After Flooding Six Years Ago

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The Southern Tier will receive $4.7 million in disaster relief funding to repair rail lines in Chenango County, Sen. Charles Schumer said today.

The project will enhance the connection between Binghamton and Utica as well as increase economic and private sector growth, he said. Schumer said the federal funding was approved by the Economic Development Administration (EDA).

The money will go to the Chenango County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) for the Utica Mail Rail Line Revitalization project. However, the agency still needs $407,000 for the construction.

“Today’s announcement puts us on the right track to move full steam ahead to revitalize the Utica Main Rail Line,” Schumer said in a statement. “Functioning rail lines make it easier and cheaper – and cleaner – to move goods and materials, which create a fertile environment for job-creating businesses to take root and grow.”

The New York Susquehanna and Western Railroad (NYS&W), from Chenango Forks to Sherburne, was damaged after major floods in 2006. After the flood, about 40 miles of track was closed, which made it difficult to send goods locally.

The EDA was given $200 million in 2012 to distribute to counties nationally that experienced tropical disasters, Schumer said.

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