LIMA — The Ohio Rail Development Commission has approved its matching grant allocations to assist with upgrades to the Ohio’s train infrastructure and railroads.
A total of $462,000 in matching grant funds was approved to help with upgrades to the Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad. The $9 million project is expected to upgrade the Lima Yard and roughly 11 miles of track heading from Lima to north-central Indiana.
The match provided by the commission joins $4,358,547 provided by the railroad and $4,530,546 in Federal Railroad Administration Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program Grant funds.
Another $489,000 matching grant was provided for the RJ Corman Western Ohio & Cleveland Lines project, which will install more than 20,000 ties over 28 miles in and around Massillon, Wooster, Celina and Lima.
To complete the project, the commission’s match joins $709,485 of RJC funding and $2.2 million in FRA dollars.
“These rail infrastructure improvements will have positive impacts on Ohio’s transportation network for decades,” Matthew Dietrich, ORDC executive director, said in a press release. “The Ohio Rail Development Commission is grateful that the Federal Railroad Administration recognized the value of these projects to the region’s economy, and it is now our responsibility to make these projects a reality for Ohio.”