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Province Invests In Upgrade to Shortline Railways

Released on March 30, 2015

Thirteen Saskatchewan shortline railway operators are sharing nearly $1 million in grants to improve rail infrastructure in the province.

Through the Shortline Railway Sustainability Program (SRSP,) a total of $900,000 in grants will be provided to shortline operators for upgrades to their infrastructure.  SRSP grants are matched by each shortline, meaning at least $1.8 million will be invested in shortline tracks this year.

“Shortlines provide an efficient connection to mainline rail which benefits the rural economy,” Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation Nancy Heppner said.  “This grant improves service to our export-based economy and removes trucks from our highway system.”

The SRSP provides grants for projects like upgrading track, stabilizing track roadbeds and repairing bridges.  The grants are funded by the Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation.

Including this year, the SRSP has provided $5.6 million in grants since 2008, leveraging a total investment of more than $11 million in Saskatchewan’s shortlines.

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For more information, contact:

Doug Wakabayashi
Highways and Infrastructure
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4804
Email: doug.wakabayashi@gov.sk.ca

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