Grant to Fund Lackawanna Cut-Off Engineering Work

Work is proceeding to restore the Lackawanna cut-off in preparation for restoration of rail passenger service between New York City and Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority recently awarded a $400,000 grant for engineering work connected with the project.

New Jersey Transit is currently working to put the cut-off back in between Port Morris and Andover, New Jersey.

“The remaining 21 miles in New Jersey and Pennsylvania will require state and federal funding to complete the full restoration of the famed Lackawanna Cut-Off trackage and complete the through route which will be instrumental in taking cars and congestion off of Interstate 80 in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, especially during peak travel periods,” said PNRRA President Larry Malski in a statement.

The $400,000 is in addition to $300,000 in federal funding that PNRRA received from the Appalachian Regional Commission that is being used to pay for engineering work.

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