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Passenger & freight rail projects in 32 states get millions from U.S. Transportation Dep't

2 Phoenix rail crossings would get more than $7 million for major improvements

The U.S. government is doling out millions of dollars to railroad projects throughout the country in hopes of improving supply chains and passenger rail service, including two important rail crossings in Arizona.

The announcement by the Biden administration of $368 million in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements will go to more than 46 projects designed to improve safety and broaden the nation’s rail infrastructure.

“Passenger rail represents an affordable way for millions of Americans to travel between cities for work, to visit families and more, while freight rail helps to get essential goods to our store shelves with lower costs and a lower carbon footprint than most other modes of transportation,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said on a call with reporters Wednesday.

“And yet we’re seeing our rail industry today struggling,” he continued.

Railroads have become congested when cargo moves from shipyards to trains, leading to “higher costs and longer delays for Americans and for businesses,” Buttigieg said.

In Arizona, Washington will provide more than $7 million to install gate arms to protect rail crossings and other improvements at rail crossings at 43rd and Camelback and 19th and McDowell in Phoenix. The city will need to come up with a 30 percent match on the project, or more than $3 million, according to federal officials.

This report was first published by the Arizona Mirror.

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