U.S. Congressmen Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) today announced a $2,226,315 grant has been awarded from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help fund the Keep Ohio Moving project and improve safety, connectivity and economic development along Ohio’s railroads. Specifically, the grant will serve to rehabilitate and invest in the RJ Corman line in Wayne, Stark, Allen and Mercer Counties.
"My office has continued to work towards advancing important infrastructure projects in Wayne County and across Northeast Ohio,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “In the past two years, we have secured a $5 million grant for the Wayne County airport and worked with the city of Rittman to help get a rail spur transferred to new owners to help improve investment in the line. Now, I am pleased to announce this over $2 million grant to improve safety on the RJ Corman line, including parts in Wayne and Stark counties. Each of these investments is an important step towards ensuring Northeast Ohio has the tools it needs to grow our economy and bring more and better jobs to our region."
“The CRISI grants, together with R. J. Corman investments, provide funding for vital projects aimed at improving the safety and efficiency of our network and ultimately benefit the customers and communities we serve. Railroads are the backbone of the American economy, and are critical to providing cost-effective and safe freight transportation for companies, large and small, in the U.S. We are incredibly thankful for Congressman Anthony Gonzalez and the Ohio Rail Development Commission for their leadership and support of this important project. R. J. Corman is a proud member of the Central Ohio community and grateful for the key partnerships with our customers, elected officials, and various rail and development agencies who work hand-in-hand to further economic growth in the area,” said Ray Goss, President of R. J. Corman Railroad Company.
Congressman Gonzalez wrote a letter of support for the grant proposal from the Ohio Rail Development Commission in June of this year, and has worked tirelessly to bolster Northeast Ohio’s infrastructure investment through similar grant opportunities since being sworn into office. Improvement in the short line railroad network will preserve a key piece of logistical infrastructure for both rural and urban communities in the region, encourage further economic development in Northeast Ohio, and increase safety on both the rail line and congested highways and local roads who would otherwise face increases in heavy freight traffic. Read the full grant support letter on Congressman Gonzalez’s website here.