PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION SUPPORTS FREIGHT RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS TO SPUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
2012-2013 Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) Recipients Announced
NEW BEDFORD –Tuesday, April 30, 2013 – Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today joined MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey and local officials to announce this year’s Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) recipients operating in Massachusetts in a visit to the south coast, where three of the recipients are located.
“As part of the Massachusetts State Rail Plan, we are focused on increasing access for freight rail service to support regional economic growth,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “By investing in these projects, we are upgrading the Commonwealth’s freight rail network which will not only attract new business and jobs, but also promote a more efficient transportation of goods and services.”
“Our team has closely vetted the recipient proposals to assure conformity with local and regional transportation plans as well as economic development initiatives,” said Secretary Davey. “We will monitor closely the completion and success of these projects.”
The MassDOT Industrial Rail Access Program was created through the 2012 Transportation Bond Bill to provide grants to railroads, rail shippers and municipalities who identify a public benefit that will be gained through the improved use of the rail transportation network or that will facilitate economic growth through access to rail assets within the Commonwealth.
“Investing in transportation infrastructure is an important part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s effort to create economic opportunity for everyone,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki. “By improving access to freight rail, we are creating opportunities to make it easier and more cost-effective for companies to do business throughout Massachusetts.”
“The grants made today will further expand the use of rail in the Commonwealth for both the movement of freight and passengers," said Senator Mark Montigny. “The economic and environmental impact of smart rail growth has far reaching and beneficial consequences for the state.”
“I want to thank the Patrick-Murray Administration for their continued commitment to strengthening New Bedford’s infrastructure,” said Representative Antonio Cabral. “These state dollars mean jobs for our City. The Legislature will continue to work with the Administration on important initiatives like the Industrial Rail Access Program.”
The IRAP recipients reflect a wide range of projects, which meet the program objectives of improved use of the rail network while facilitating economic growth. The total amount awarded is $2.85 million; the matching funds listed are covered by each applicant. Recipients include:
Church Street LLC & Frade’s Disposal on the Mass Coastal in New Bedford Frade’s provides disposal services for commercial, industrial and construction paper shredding and recycling services to customers in southeastern Massachusetts.They seek to add a rail siding to better serve their transportation needs. This project will construct a 3,000-foot railroad siding, install a switch, construct a rail served loading dock and improve a private railroad crossing. The project has the potential to generate 800 carloads.
IRAP Award: $427,500 Match $285,000 Total Project Cost: $712,500
Maritime Terminal on the Mass Coastal Railroad in New Bedford Maritime Terminal is a cold storage company in the Port of New Bedford. They receive over 100 refrigerated railcars per year at an offsite location and currently truck the contents to the warehouse for storage. This project will rehabilitate an existing rail spur and loading dock at their warehouse. The project is crucial to properly serve this important rail market and to reduce the number of truck movements.
IRAP Award: $65,889 Match $43,926 Total Project Cost: $109,816
Covanta SEMASS on the Mass Coastal Railroad in Rochester The Covanta SEMASS in Rochester is a waste-to-energy facility that processes approximately 1.1 million tons of municipal solid waste that is generated in eastern Massachusetts. This project will install a switch and approximately 400 feet of track into an existing truck load out bay on the SEMASS facilities tipping floor. The project will allow Covanta SEMASS to continue shipping 40 rail cars per year of Non-Ferrous metals as well as potentially 350 rail cars per year of other metals.
IRAP Award: $167,040 Match $111,360 Total Project Cost: $278,400
MWRA FRRC Quincy – Braintree This project will replace a railroad bridge with a culvert on the Fore River Railroad in Braintree. The bridge originally served a cattle crossing below the railroad, which is no longer needed and is functionally obsolete. The Fore River Railroad is a 2.7 mile shortline in Quincy and Braintree that is wholly owned by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). The railroad serves freight customers in the Fore River Shipyard.
IRAP Award: $342,000 Match $232,244 Total Project Cost: $574,244
Providence & Worcester Railroad (P&W) in Worcester This project will replace two bridges with a new structure on the P&W Railroad in Worcester. The project is required to maintain rail service to Cargill, a Worcester-based customer of the P&W, as well as preserving access to Midstates Packaging, another Worcester-based customer, for transloading operations. Without the installation of the replacement bridge, P&W will neither be able to provide rail service to Cargill, which will need to use trucks or relocate their operation, nor will they be able to provide rail traffic to Midstates for transloading. The replacement bridge will also carry the road necessary for trucks to access the transloading tracks and to complete transloading.
IRAP Award: $313,214 Match $208,809 Total Project Cost: $522,023
Sherwood Lumber on the New England Central Railroad in Palmer Sherwood Lumber is in the business of wholesale distribution, third party transload and third party logistics operating out its facility in the Palmer Industrial Park on the New England Central Railroad. This project will construct a new rail siding which will increase the number of cars handled from three to 20 at the same time, as well as make loading dock and laydown area improvements. The project is expected to increase efficiency by 30 percent, reduce operating costs by 30 percent and potentially increase carloads by 100 percent.
IRAP Award: $500,000 Match $1,175,000 Total Project Cost: $1,675,000
New England Central Railroad (NECR) Amherst This project will improve the main line tracks of the New England Central Railroad in Amherst. The project is located near Amherst's water supply and the railroad suffered two derailments in this area in 2011. The NECR is a shortline railroad, which runs north/south from the Vermont and Quebec border to New London, Conn. serving customers in Palmer, Belchertown, Monson and Millers Falls.
IRAP Award: $500,000 Match $1,052,597 Total Project Cost: $1,552,597
Grafton & Upton G&U Hopedale This project will expand and make improvements to Hopedale yard by constructing a switching lead and several sidings throughout the yard. The Hopedale yard, as operated by GU logistix, serves as a warehousing and distribution center for the building materials market. The current operations are constrained by the available space and trackage after only two months of operation.
IRAP Award: $221,700 Match $330,300 Total Project Cost: $552,000
Fitchburg Redevelopment Authority PAS Fitchburg This project, which the Fitchburg Redevelopment Authority applied for, will rehabilitate and reconnect a rail siding into the Fitchburg Industrial Park. This siding will be used by Omnova, which needs the rail spur to remain competitive in their industry.
IRAP Award: $309,900 Match $249,959 Total Project Cost: $559,859