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Casey Announces Grant for PennDOT to Expand Rutherford Freight Facility

Washington, DC - Dec 13, 2011

Project Has Potential to Create Thousands of Jobs

Casey Urged U.S. DOT to Approve Grant – Could Remove 600,000 Trucks from PA Roads Per Year, Easing Congestion

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded PennDOT a $15 million grant to expand capacity at the freight processing facility in Rutherford, a project which has the potential to create nearly 4,000 direct and indirect jobs and reduce the number of trucks travelling on Pennsylvania’s roadways. Senator Casey urged DOT to approve the grant in a bipartisan letter of support with Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation last month.

“This project is a great boost for the economy of south central Pennsylvania,” said Senator Casey. “By reducing the number of long haul trucks on Pennsylvania’s roadways by 600,000 a year, this project will benefit not only the local economy but drivers on interstates across the Commonwealth as well.”

“With the demand to move freight in the U.S. expected to nearly double over the next 20 years, and in order to handle the additional volume, we need to add capacity at our Rutherford intermodal facility near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which already is operating at high capacity,” said Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman.

Harrisburg’s freight market is expected to begin new services from Memphis, Birmingham and Charlotte in the next few years, dramatically increasing traffic. This project will ensure that the Rutherford facility is able to handle the increase and benefit from the added business.

The grant is available through DOT’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER III) grant program, which funds transportation projects that will create jobs and have a significant impact on the nation, a region or a metropolitan area.

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Ian Jannetta
Deputy Press Secretary
Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA)
(202) 228-6367