Alaska Railroad receives $10.2 million for track work

Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state-owned Alaska Railroad Corp. is getting $10.2 million in federal funds to straighten tracks on and near Anchorage military bases, said Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.

The money also will be used for crossing and wayside signals, continued construction of an additional track from the Anchorage rail yard to the Eagle River and environmental work, he said.

Reducing curves in track allows trains to move faster.

The railroad has been working for years to straighten track to increase safety and shorten travel time. Stevens said when the straightening is done, the travel time between Anchorage and Wasilla will drop from 90 minutes to 58 minutes.

The money was part of the 2002 Defense Appropriations Bill.

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