Washington, DC: FRA announces grant for Florida upgrade

26 Apr

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today obligated a USD2.2 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.

The funding from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Rail Line Relocation programme is part of an USD18.4 million undertaking that will include improvements to tracks, ties, bridges and level crossings.  The railway currently operates at 10 mph, but the improvements will allow trains 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 USD16.2 million non-federal share of the project cost.

Construction is expected to begin in July 2013.

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