Washington DOT Receives FRA Grants for Produce Rail Car Leasing Program, Track Upgrades

WASHINGTON — The Washington Department of Transportation is receiving two grants from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

The first is in the amount of $990,000 to support an ongoing state program that leases 30 refrigerated rail cars to agricultural producers of perishable food products. The grant funds will be used to extend the existing program to the year 2014.

The second grant is for $754,600 for various infrastructure improvements on the City of Tacoma-owned Tacoma Rail operation.

Specifically, the funds will be used to inspect and repair three rail bridges and two highway-rail grade crossings as well as replace cross ties along a 16-mile section of track from Frederickson and McKenna.