Schlossberg/Schweyer announce $266,673 for rail project in Lehigh County


State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, Lehigh County, have announced that 1.2 miles of track leading into and within RJ Corman’s Allentown yard will be refurbished in the near future.

Schlossberg said the replacement of ties and ballast and track surfacing to maintain the track’s condition are planned.

“Moving freight by rail not only reduces truck traffic but is fuel-efficient and has the lowest possible impact on the environment and also stimulates economic development of the Lehigh Valley area,” Schlossberg said.

Schweyer said the grant program uses state General Fund money to preserve existing essential rail freight service by building and expanding rail freight capacity basically throughout Pennsylvania.

“I am proud to see so many companies investing in a better future by railroad shipping and we are proud to do our part in Harrisburg to make sure these grants come to our area,” Schweyer said.

The Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) provides financial assistance for investment in rail freight infrastructure. The intent of the program is to:

  • preserve essential rail freight service where economically feasible, and

  • preserve or stimulate economic development through the generation of new or expanded rail freight service.