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M&H Railroad gets state funds for track project

Posted 10/21/14

As a result of the transportation funding legislation (Act 89 of 2013) signed into law last year, Gov. Tom Corbett recently announced 39 rail freight improvement projects that will help sustain nearly 34,000 jobs across Pennsylvania. These projects …

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M&H Railroad gets state funds for track project

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As a result of the transportation funding legislation (Act 89 of 2013) signed into law last year, Gov. Tom Corbett recently announced 39 rail freight improvement projects that will help sustain nearly 34,000 jobs across Pennsylvania. These projects were approved for funding from two Pennsylvania Department of Transportation-managed programs, including one located in the 106th District.

One of the projects approved for funding is the Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad, which will receive $203,000 to upgrade 300 feet of track and install a turnout and track greaser to decrease friction on a curve.

The State Transportation Commission (STC) voted to approve nearly $35.9 million for 13 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and 26 projects through the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP). RTAP is a capital budget grant program funded with bonds and RFAP is underwritten through the new Multimodal Fund, created by Act 89.

Since January 2011, Pennsylvania has invested more than $167 million in rail projects and Act 89 has helped to continue those efforts. I was pleased to support legislation that has a direct impact on our region.

The Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad has provided freight service since 1976 and tourist passenger service since 1986.

Trick-or-treat safety tips 

Halloween is just around the corner, and with it comes one of the most anticipated nights of the year for children. 

All municipalities located within the 106th District (Derry, Lower Swatara, Swatara and Conewago townships and Hummelstown, Middletown and Royalton boroughs) will hold trick-or-treat  on Thursday, Oct. 30. Middletown’s trick-or-treat will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and all other municipalities’ trick-or-treat will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. 

I would like to remind parents and children to follow these safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help make Halloween festivities fun and safe for everyone:

• Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.

• Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

• Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

• Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

• Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always walk and don’t run from house to house.

• Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lighted houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

• Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.

John D. Payne is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He represents the 106th District, which includes most of Middletown, part of Swatara Twp. and all of Royalton, Lower Swatara Twp., Derry Twp., Conewago Twp. and Hummelstown.