Rail line from Dearborn to Kalamazoo awarded more than $15M grant for safety improvements

Rail line from Dearborn to Kalamazoo awarded more than $15M grant for safety improvements

The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration awarded a safety improvement grant to a Dearborn to Kalamazoo rail line.

A grant of up to more than $15 million was issued to the Michigan Department of Transportation to improve eight grade crossings, close a crossing and install 157 miles of right-of-way fencing along trespasser hotspots.

“We remain committed to helping address pressing transportation capital needs, particularly in rural areas,” Ronald Batory, an administrator with the Federal Railroad Administration, said. “I am pleased that so many high-quality applications were submitted for worthwhile investments by the FRA.”

The locations of the safety improvements would be located in downtown Dearborn, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Albion, Augusta, Galesburg and Kalamazoo.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said trespassing had resulted in 12 deaths between 2016 and 2019.

The grant was part of a $320.6 million competitive grant under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program. The Michigan project was one of 50 projects across 29 states to be funded by the grant. “This $320.6 million federal investment will upgrade U.S. rail infrastructure and enhance rail safety in communities across America,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elain Chao said.

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