Georgia Southwestern Railroad to Benefit from Federal Grant for Infrastructure Improvements

DAWSON, Ga.--()--The communities and customers along the Georgia Southwestern Railroad (GSWR), a 270-mile short line freight railroad serving western Georgia and nearby Alabama, will benefit from a federal Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program grant awarded to the Georgia Department of Transportation last week.

The $2,605,000 grant will enable GSWR to accommodate industry-standard 286,000-lb. railcars by upgrading 13 timber bridges, 5.45 miles of rail and 11,000 crossties on its Lynn-to-Cuthbert line, which is leased from the state of Georgia.

“This grant allows Georgia Southwestern to continue upgrading main-line track between Lynn and Cuthbert and providing customers with safe, efficient and competitive rail-freight services,” said Jim Irvin, president of the railroad. “These upgrades also support future industrial development in the region for businesses that require high-capacity railcars. We appreciate the support of state and local officials, GSWR customers and, especially, Georgia DOT, which secured the grant.”

“These are the partnerships that help rural and urban communities thrive economically,” said Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Ronald Batory in the June 12 announcement of the awards. “The participation of multiple partners demonstrates the importance of these funds and tells us they will be a key asset in improving safety for communities and railroads around the country.”

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act authorized the CRISI Program, which funds a wide range of projects that improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail systems. Over one-third of the $326 million in grant funds were awarded to rural projects such as those in Georgia.

About GSWR

Georgia Southwestern Railroad, Inc., a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc., primarily serves customers in the peanut, general agriculture, aggregate, animal feed and ethanol storage markets. It interchanges with Norfolk Southern Railway, CSX and the Heart of Georgia Railroad. Learn more at www.gwrr.com/gswr

Contacts

Michael Williams, G&W Corporate Communications
(203) 202-8900

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Georgia Southwestern Railroad to Benefit from Federal Grant for Infrastructure Improvements

Contacts

Michael Williams, G&W Corporate Communications
(203) 202-8900