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US approves Louisville and Indiana freight corridor upgrade plan

LBR Staff Writer Published 13 April 2015

US Surface Transportation Board has approved a joint proposal by Anacostia Rail Holdings (ARH) subsidiary Louisville & Indiana Railroad and CSX, to upgrade a key freight corridor between Indianapolis, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky.

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ARH is a short line railroad holding company which owns and operates freight railroads in the country.

CSX has planned a total investment of $100m for the upgrade, which is expected to benefit L&I's local customers with improved service for freight shipments across the region.

CSX president and chief operating officer Oscar Munoz said: "These upgrades will benefit L&I and CSX customers in the Midwest and across the companies' networks by improving operational efficiency, allowing more direct transit across Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, and reducing congestion in those states."

"The privately funded upgrades, which will include the installation of new rail, upgrades to the rail bed structure and bridge improvements, will enhance service and capacity on this rail line."

The upgraded freight corridor will connect the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville, thus enabling better rail access for transportation.

ARH chairman and chief executive officer Peter Gilbertson said: "This project enhances critical rail infrastructure that connects local customers to America's freight transportation network, supporting local manufacturing, economic development, jobs and competitiveness."

Image: Louisville & Indiana train entering Louisville, KY via the Louisville and Indiana Railroad bridge. Photo: Courtesy of Joe Schneid.