Pennsylvania officials have approved 26 rail freight improvement projects that will enhance freight mobility while creating or sustaining more than 200 jobs across Pennsylvania.

“Investing in our states rail system creates jobs and supports efficient freight travel,” said Gov. Wolf.

“These investments help us build a world-class infrastructure system and support the business community.”

The State Transportation Commission voted to approve $31.3 million for the projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP).

Pennsylvania has 65 operating railroads, which is more than any other state.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation committed itself to working with private rail operators and rail-served businesses to construct new rail lines and assist in maintaining and improving Pennsylvania’s roughly 5,600 miles of freight lines.

Out of the 26 approved rail freight projects, two are located in Berks County.

The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Berks will receive $991,250 to construct approximately 1,200 feet of yard tracks at their Boyertown Transload Facility.

The Dyer Quarry will receive $192,150 to expand the locomotive garage to store their locomotives and re-align the track connecting the garage.