Georgia Southwestern Railroad to Benefit from Federal Grant for Infrastructure Improvements

DAWSON, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The communities and customers along the Georgia Southwestern Railroad
(GSWR), a 270-mile short line freight railroad serving western Georgia
and nearby Alabama, will benefit from a federal Consolidated Rail
Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program grant awarded to
the Georgia Department of Transportation last week.

The $2,605,000 grant will enable GSWR to accommodate industry-standard
286,000-lb. railcars by upgrading 13 timber bridges, 5.45 miles of rail
and 11,000 crossties on its Lynn-to-Cuthbert line, which is leased from
the state of Georgia.

“This grant allows Georgia Southwestern to continue upgrading main-line
track between Lynn and Cuthbert and providing customers with safe,
efficient and competitive rail-freight services,” said Jim Irvin,
president of the railroad. “These upgrades also support future
industrial development in the region for businesses that require
high-capacity railcars. We appreciate the support of state and local
officials, GSWR customers and, especially, Georgia DOT, which secured
the grant.”

“These are the partnerships that help rural and urban communities thrive
economically,” said Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Ronald
Batory in the June 12 announcement of the awards. “The participation of
multiple partners demonstrates the importance of these funds and tells
us they will be a key asset in improving safety for communities and
railroads around the country.”

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act authorized the
CRISI Program, which funds a wide range of projects that improve the
safety, efficiency and reliability of intercity passenger and freight
rail systems. Over one-third of the $326 million in grant funds were
awarded to rural projects such as those in Georgia.

About GSWR

Georgia Southwestern Railroad, Inc., a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming
Inc., primarily serves customers in the peanut, general agriculture,
aggregate, animal feed and ethanol storage markets. It interchanges with
Norfolk Southern Railway, CSX and the Heart of Georgia Railroad. Learn
more at www.gwrr.com/gswr

Contacts

Michael Williams, G&W Corporate Communications
(203) 202-8900

Georgia Southwestern Railroad to Benefit from Federal Grant for Infrastructure Improvements

DAWSON, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The communities and customers along the Georgia Southwestern Railroad
(GSWR), a 270-mile short line freight railroad serving western Georgia
and nearby Alabama, will benefit from a federal Consolidated Rail
Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program grant awarded to
the Georgia Department of Transportation last week.

The $2,605,000 grant will enable GSWR to accommodate industry-standard
286,000-lb. railcars by upgrading 13 timber bridges, 5.45 miles of rail
and 11,000 crossties on its Lynn-to-Cuthbert line, which is leased from
the state of Georgia.

“This grant allows Georgia Southwestern to continue upgrading main-line
track between Lynn and Cuthbert and providing customers with safe,
efficient and competitive rail-freight services,” said Jim Irvin,
president of the railroad. “These upgrades also support future
industrial development in the region for businesses that require
high-capacity railcars. We appreciate the support of state and local
officials, GSWR customers and, especially, Georgia DOT, which secured
the grant.”

“These are the partnerships that help rural and urban communities thrive
economically,” said Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Ronald
Batory in the June 12 announcement of the awards. “The participation of
multiple partners demonstrates the importance of these funds and tells
us they will be a key asset in improving safety for communities and
railroads around the country.”

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act authorized the
CRISI Program, which funds a wide range of projects that improve the
safety, efficiency and reliability of intercity passenger and freight
rail systems. Over one-third of the $326 million in grant funds were
awarded to rural projects such as those in Georgia.

About GSWR

Georgia Southwestern Railroad, Inc., a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming
Inc., primarily serves customers in the peanut, general agriculture,
aggregate, animal feed and ethanol storage markets. It interchanges with
Norfolk Southern Railway, CSX and the Heart of Georgia Railroad. Learn
more at www.gwrr.com/gswr

Contacts

Michael Williams, G&W Corporate Communications
(203) 202-8900

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