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FRA awards $2.2M to Fla. rail project

Posted on April 26, 2013

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) obligated a $2.2 million grant for the City of Tavares, Fla., to help with upgrades along a 57-mile stretch of Florida Central Railroad (FCEN) track between Orlando and Umatilla, Fla.

“President Obama has challenged us to build the kind of transportation infrastructure that businesses need and local communities want,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. “Improving rail service promotes economic growth as new rail shippers take advantage of faster and more reliable service.”

The funding from the FRA’s Rail Line Relocation program is part of an $18.4 million undertaking that will include improvements to tracks, ties, bridges and grade crossings. The railroad currently is only able to operate at 10 mph, but the improvements will allow it to travel at up to 25 mph.

The project is a joint effort between FCEN; the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization; Metroplan Orlando; the Florida Department of Transportation; the Cities of Tavares, Eustis, Umatilla, Mount Dora, Apopka, Winter Garden, Ocoee and Orlando, and Orange and Lake counties.

Together, they are funding the $16.2 million non-federal share of the project cost. Construction is expected to begin in July 2013.

 

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