BY JOHN CROPLEY, The Daily Gazette
GLENVILLE — Train tracks in the Glenville Business and Technology Park will benefit from $420,000 in upgrades.
The park’s access to freight lines is one of its selling points, along with its close proximity to I-890 and the New York State Thruway. Together, the railroads and interstate highways put a large swath of the U.S. and Canadian population within reach of one-day delivery.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office on Monday announced a $300,000 grant to assist with the Glenville track work, part of $27.2 million awarded statewide through the Governor’s Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program.
Two other Capital Region projects will gain assistance in the round of grants announced Monday: Pan Am Southern, LLC will get $2.7 million to reconfigure and expand tracks at the Hoosick Junction Interchange in Rensselaer County and the Albany Port Railroad Corp. will get $1.2 million to replace an existing switcher locomotive with a clean diesel locomotive.
The $420,000 worth of track upgrades in Glenville will be performed in 2019 and are designed to support current and future manufacturing tenants.
The state is awarding $300,000 for the Glenville project to the Schenectady County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA will provide a $40,000 match. Two park tenants that will benefit from the work — Adirondack Beverages and Dimension Fabricators — will provide $40,000 each toward the project cost.
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