Railroad grants to help Rogue Valley

Railroad grants to help Rogue Valley

Trains consistently moving freight over the Siskiyous will give Southern Oregon shippers a viable new option for reaching California markets and their own facilities there, which have been cut off from rail access for the past four years, stakeholders say.

A $7.09 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Tuesday to Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad for repairs to its 296-mile-long line between Eugene and Weed, Calif., should bring regular train traffic back to the Siskiyou Summit line, between Ashland and Weed, by the end of 2014, according to the Siskiyou Summit Railroad Revitalization grant application.

The rail company plans to add $2.4 million of its own money to restore the 80-mile stretch over Siskiyou Summit, according to a letter in the application to the department of transportation from Dave Arganbright, CORP Vice President.

Read more in today's Ashland Daily Tidings.