U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced today that twelve cities and states will share $16.9 million to relocate, replace, and improve segments of railroad track under the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)’s Rail Line Relocation and Improvement competitive grant program.
The FRA received more than $67 million in state and local government requests for these funds, which will be used to enhance safety, livability, and economic development in American communities.
Included in those dollars is money for one project in South Carolina put forth by the South Carolina Department of Commerce and South Carolina Public Railways, an S-Curve Realignment. $248,934 has been allocated to relocate and realign an S-curve in North Charleston that has contributed to several derailments. The reduced curvature will also improve operating efficiency by alleviating restrictions on train speeds and enhancing line capacity.
For a list of all of the projects and their funding, see this announcement.