Conducting Business for New York State
Railroads of New York (RONY) represents the freight rail industry in New York State, comprised of four Class I freight railroads and 34 Regional (Class II) and Shortline (Class III) railroads. Together, these railroad members directly employ over 3,700 individuals and carry nearly 77 million tons of freight in 2 million rail carloads annually statewide.
RONY is also supported by its Associate and Contributing members which represent many businesses that provide goods and services to the freight rail industry, including engineers, surveyors, contractors and material suppliers.
RONY proudly partners with many of New York State’s businesses, economic development organizations, industrial development agencies and governmental agencies to help promote economic development efforts all across the state, helping to enable many of New York’s industrial, manufacturing and agricultural businesses to reach markets across the country and to realize a substantial competitive advantage over other businesses that lack access to the rail network.
“…to provide a trade association for all freight railroads that operate in the State of New York to advocate for the rights and needs of railroads and their customers, as well as to encourage economic growth within the state of New York.”
– RONY Mission Statement
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $16.3 million to fund rail and port improvement projects across New York State. These grants, from the Governor’s Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program, will support projects that strengthen infrastructure vital to the movement of goods throughout the state, as well as support economic development by leveraging an additional $12.8 million in additional public and private investments.
“Continuing to invest in and strengthen our infrastructure is critical to New York State’s future economic prosperity,” Governor Cuomo said. “These grants will help modernize and rebuild our state’s aging rail infrastructure, which will not only support existing commercial activities, but attract new business investments as well.”
New York State awarded $16.3 million to twelve applicants, through a competitive solicitation process. These investments will support track rehabilitation, capacity expansion, railroad bridge repairs, and economic development opportunities. An additional $12.8 million in private and local funding is being leveraged through this State initiative.
New York State Department of Transportation Matthew J. Driscoll said, “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York continues to make smart, strategic investments in rail and port infrastructure to foster economic growth. Freight goods movement helps drive the economy and improvements at rail and port facilities across the state will strengthen our State’s overall competitiveness.”
The list of grant recipients and awards are:
•CSX Transportation, Albany County – $3.5 million to add 5.4 miles of signaled main track and sidings.
•Batten Kill Railroad Company, Inc., Washington County – $1.3 million to rehabilitate rail exiting line.
•Depew, Lancaster & Western Railroad Co. of Batavia, Genesee County – $930,120 to construct an extension to the existing warehouse.
•Livonia, Avon and Lakeville Railroad Corporation of Lakeville, Monroe County – $750,000 to replace the Genesee River railroad bridge.
•Mohawk, Adirondack and Northern Railroad Corp. of Batavia, Oneida County – $895,200 to upgrade and rehabilitate Rome Industrial Track.
New York City
•Long Island Rail Road, Queens County – $1.8 million to rehabilitate the 89th Avenue railroad bridge.
•Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, St. Lawrence County – $1.1 million to rehabilitate the New York and Ogdensburg Railway Raquette River Bridge.
•New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway Corp., Broome County – $1.4 million for construction of a state of the art Rail Terminal in Binghamton.
•Tioga County Industrial Development Agency, Tioga County – $295,200 to expand the capacity of a rail-to-truck transload facility constructed at the Waverly Trade Center.
Western New York
•Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Steuben South Tier Extension Railroad Authority, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties – $1.6 million to install and repair five concrete bridge structures.
•Erie County Industrial Development Agency, Erie County – $2.0 million for completion of a tie replacement and ballast project to upgrade mainline track connecting businesses.
•New York & Lake Erie Railroad, Inc., Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties – $732,768 for rail line rehabilitation between South Dayton and Cherry Creek.
The Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program provides state investments improve and enhance the movement of freight goods and support economic development statewide. Program funding supports track and bridge rehabilitation to improve reliability; track capacity expansion to alleviate bottlenecks; and the modernization and expansion of rail yards and port facilities.
Today, RONY Executive Director Scott Wigger presented testimony to the Legislative Fiscal Committee Budget Hearing on Transportation at which he outlined the needs in the NYS freight rail network and how the state’s freight railroads are prepared to partner with New York State to upgrade and strengthen the state’s rail infrastructure. Included in the Governor’s 2016-17 Executive Budget proposal is a $10 million appropriation for freight rail infrastructure projects and a seperate $10 million appropriation for a mix of freight rail, passenger rail and port projects. RONY expressed its support for increasing these proposed appropriations to a total level of $50 million. RONY members and staff will now continue to work with the Governor’s Office and Legislature as the final 2016-17 NYS Budget is negotiated, which is due by April 1st. For a full copy of the testimony Mr. Wigger presented at this hearing, please visit our RONY News page by clicking on the News & Information link to the left.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that NYS has awarded $17.8 million in funding from the State’s Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program to 12 rail projects that will repair and replace 65 miles of track and ties, rehabilitate rail grade crossings and bridges, and construct new connections to improve safety and operations. The projects that received the funding were selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated on established criteria, including project eligibility, consistency with state rail plans, regional economic benefits and the ability to leverage additional investments.
Projects selected for funding awards are as follows:
North Country/Mohawk Valley
- Adirondack Railway Preservation Society of Utica, Oneida County, received $791,000 to construct a maintenance and repair facility in Utica for the Adirondack Scenic Railroad;
- Mohawk, Adirondack and Northern Railroad Corp. of Batavia, Genesee County, received $567,000 to repair culverts and bridges on the Lyons Falls and Rome Branch lines. Two rail crossings also will be rehabilitated.
- Middletown & New Jersey Railroad LLC of Kennett Square, Pa., received $1.9 million to rehabilitate railroad track in Orange County.
Central New York
- Syracuse, Binghamton and New York Railroad Corp. of Cooperstown, Otsego County, received $262,600 for rehabilitating the Renwick Avenue Bridge;
- New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad Co. of Cooperstown, Otsego County, received $2.3 million for improving rails, ties and surfacing.
Finger Lakes and Western New York
- Depew, Lancaster & Western Railroad Co. of Batavia, Genesee County, received $145,000 to extend the Batavia engine house to accommodate a second locomotive and add paving and security to the transload warehouse;
- Livonia, Avon and Lakeville Railroad Corporation of Lakeville, Livingston County, received $707,658 to replace the Spring Street railroad bridge in Avon, Livingston County;
- Falls Road Railroad Co. of Batavia, Genesee County, received $466,000 to repair culverts and bridges in Monroe, Orleans and Niagara counties;
- Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Steuben South Tier Extension Railroad Authority of Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, received $1.9 million to rehabilitate railroad track in Cattaraugus County;
- Norfolk Southern Railway of Norfolk, Va., received $3.3 million to construct new connections and double track to improve operations at the Bison Yard in Buffalo.
- Central New York Railroad of Cooperstown, Otsego County, received $3.1 million to rehabilitate railroad track in Delaware and Broome counties.
New York City
- Long Island Rail Road of Jamaica, Queens County, received $2.3 million to rehabilitate the Cypress Avenue railroad bridge.
RONY wishes to express its thanks to Governor Cuomo and the NYS Department of Transportation for these project awards that will greatly benefit the state’s rail network and economy as a whole.
In conjunction with the Association of American Railroads, the freight rail industry joined the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in announcing a series of agreed-upon voluntary operating practices for moving crude oil by rail which includes the following measures:
- Increased track inspections
- Implementation of new emergency braking systems
- Use of rail traffic routing technology to aid in the determination of the safest and most secure rail routes
- Lower speeds when moving through urban areas
- Increased community relations
- Increased trackside safety technology
- Increased emergency response training and tuition assistance
- Railroad emergency response capability planning
In addition, railroads will continue to work with the Federal government and rail customers to address other key shared safety responsibilities, including Federal tank car standards and the proper shipper classification and labeling of crude oil moving by rail. For more information on this initiative, please visit www.aar.org.
Today, RONY Executive Director Scott Wigger presented testimony to the Legislative Fiscal Committee Budget Hearing on Transportation at which he outlined the needs in the NYS freight rail network and how the state’s freight railroads are prepared to partner with New York State to upgrade and strengthen the state’s rail infrastructure. Included in the Governor’s 2014-15 Executive Budget proposal is a $10 million appropriation for freight rail infrastructure projects and a $25 million appropriation for a mix of rail, aviation and mass transit projects. RONY expressed its support for these proposed appropriations and stated its request to further expand the state’s freight rail infrastructure capital program that was reestablished in the 2013-14 NYS Budget. RONY members and staff will now continue to work with the Governor’s Office and Legislature as the final 2014-15 NYS Budget is negotiated, which is due by April 1st. For a full copy of the testimony Mr. Wigger presented at this hearing, please visit our RONY News page by clicking on the News & Information link to the left.