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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 12, 2016 Wolf Administration Announces New Rail Projects That Will Create, Retain 48,000 Jobs Through State Investment Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img Infrastructure,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – An estimated 9,200 jobs will be created and more than 39,000 will be retained over the next five years due to thirty-one rail projects being made possible by two PennDOT-managed grant programs.“Pennsylvania has the most railroads in the country and these make up a vital component of our economic and transportation activities,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These investments underscore our role in supporting jobs and economies across the state.”The State Transportation Commission (STC) voted today to approve $36 million for 15 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and 16 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.Act 89 is a far-reaching transportation program that clears the way for significant investments in all transportation modes.For more information on rail in Pennsylvania visit www.penndot.gov.Follow PennDOT on Twitter at twitter.com/penndotnews, on Instagram at instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot, and “like” the department on Facebook at facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentoftransportation. Following is a by-county list of approved rail freight projects under the programs with the state share:RTAP Projects:Allegheny County:CSX Transportation Inc.– $3 million to construct new main lead track, crossovers, turnouts, and derails to allow intermodal trains to pull off the McKees Rocks mainline to serve the Pittsburgh Intermodal Terminal.Pittsburgh and Ohio Central Railroad — $420,000 to install 2,650 feet of track and one new turnout in the Scully Yard.Union Railroad Company — $3.4 million to repair and rehabilitate the East Pittsburgh Viaduct, including concrete repairs, structure drainage corrections, a 1,600-foot passing siding and adding a new walkway and handrails.Allegheny and Washington Counties:Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. — $1.2 million to install nearly 20 track miles of continuous welded rail on the railway’s Pittsburgh subdivision.Butler County:Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad Inc. — $3.6 million to improve the Butler Yard and shop tracks as well as yard tracks the company leases, as well as restoring a crossover connection and repairing eight bridge structures on its northern subdivision.Carbon County:Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad — $5 million to construct a new bridge across the Lehigh River and approximately 1,200 feet of new track related to the construction of the new bridge.Centre, Columbia, Lycoming and Northumberland Counties:SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority — $3.5 million to upgrade five bridges and replace one bridge.Chester County:East Penn Railroad LLC — $665,000 for turnouts, rail, ties, resurfacing and rebuilding a 2,000-foot siding, as well as replacing 3,800 mainline ties, 110 mainline switch timbers, surfacing five mainline turnouts and 18,750 feet of mainline track.Dauphin County:Steelton and Highspire Railroad — $2 million to construct and rehabilitate 13,026 track feet and 22 turnouts serving the Durabond pipe plant, Chemtron weld plant, Arcelor-Mittal’s interchange loading area, and connecting track to Norfolk Southern’s interchange as well as Steelton & Highspire Railroad’s main yard.Fayette County:D&I Silica — $1.3 million to extend the switching lead track and two unloading pit yard tracks, replace track and relocate a turnout to create a yard for operational flexibility.Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad Company — $2 million to install five yard tracks, and a runaround track to improve Bowest Yard.Lackawanna County:Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority — $630,000 to install 9,000 new ties on the Carbondale mainline track.McKean County:American Refining Group Inc. — $1.6 million to construct 50 feet of track, rehabilitate 1,400 feet of track, one turnout and two crossings, as well as modify six existing loading tracks.Western New York PA Railroad Company LLC — $500,000 to install 7,500 crossties, reconstruct two crossings, and track surfacing.Westmoreland County:Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation – Nearly $1.1 million to replace existing rail and steel components on the Radebaugh Subdivision Rail Relay.RFAP Projects:Allegheny County:Leetsdale Industrial Corporation — $299,862 to construct two new spurs and raise, line and surface track.Beaver County:Middleton Properties West LLC — $633,711 to rehabilitate 4,800 feet of track and construct 2,700 feet of new track.Pennsylvania Southwestern Railroad — $535,610 to rehabilitate five tracks, a pit track and a turnout.Berks, Lancaster and York Counties:East Penn Railroad LLC — $560,000 to rehabilitate the Lancaster Northern and York Line, including tie replacement and resurfacing.Blair County:The Everett Railroad Company — $360,150 to replace 4,000 linear feet of rail, 1,200 ties, one public grade crossing and surface two miles of track.Bradford and Wyoming Counties:Lehigh Railway LLC — $292,713 to install a runaround track at ROCK station and install five rail flange lubricators along Lehigh Railway’s mainline.Centre County:SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority — $298,232 to rehabilitate the Robinson Lane track including replacing one turnout, installing culvert boxes and drainage pipes, surfacing, as well as deck timber and bridge planking deck replacement.Delaware County:Consolidated Rail Corporation — $259,748 to replace three existing railroad diamonds.Lackawanna County:Kane Warehousing Inc. — $227,500 to construct a 1,000-foot track spur and one turnout.Lackawanna and Wayne Counties:The Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad Company Inc. — $690,900 to repair the Delaware-Lackawanna railroad bridge over the west branch of the Lehigh River, including wingwall and backwall restoration, bridge seat cleaning, resurfacing and re-establishment of original bridge elevation.Lancaster County:Alumax Mill Products Inc. — $250,000 to construct a 1,500-foot double rail spur including two new turnouts.Mercer County:Wheatland Tube Company — $262,500 to construct two industrial spur tracks, two turnouts and a loading/unloading pad.Montgomery County:Mittal Steel USA Railways Inc. — $312,550 to repair a 310-foot stone masonry retaining wall, improve 1,085 feet of track and install two turnouts.Schuylkill County:Reading Anthracite Company — $700,000 to reconstruct grade crossings and improve drainage.Union County:Lewisburg & Buffalo Creek Railroad Corporation — $217,000 to repair a stone masonry box culvert and install a 60-inch steel pipe south of the existing structure.Westmoreland County:Three Rivers Marine Rail Terminal LP — $133,945 to rehabilitate mainline track including replacing crossties, bolts and bridge timber, surfacing and installing ballast.last_img read more

first_imgILOILO City – The Philippine HealthInsurance Corp. in Region 6 has assured coverage of benefit packages for coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19) patients. The claim will be used for the patient’ssustenance and health care needs while he or she is at the patient care centers. PhilHealth-6’s public affairs unit headJanimhe Jalbuna said they have recently received guidelines on theimplementation of inpatient care and testing benefits, among others, which canbe already accessed in this region. From February 1 to April 14, PhilHealthshouldered the full payment of COVID-19 patients admitted to accreditedfacilities. Beginning April 16, however, they have set case rates for thetreatment of the virus’ patients. “From February 1 to 14, all the expenses were. But starting April 15, we havethe case rates depending on the condition of the patient,” Jalbuna saidyesterday. Suit rooms, of which could be paid bythe patient personally on top of a PhilHealth benefit, meanwhile, is notcovered. This claim, however, will take effect onMay 11 as PhilHealth is still accrediting different community isolation units. “We are giving assurance that we will beproviding our members of these benefits, especially during this crisis. Forthose who are not yet members, or have gaps in paying their contributions, weguarantee you automatic membership and even automatic eligibility of thePhilHealth benefits,” Jalbuna said.(Witha report from PNA/PN) PhilHealth-6’s public affairs unit head Janimhe Jalbuna. The case rates cover mandatory servicessuch as hospital accommodation, laboratory, supplies, equipment, andprofessional fee, among others. She added that those probable andconfirmed COVID-19 cases outside the hospital and are observing isolation inpatient care centers can still avail PhilHealth’s community isolation benefitpackage.center_img “In terms of testing, we have no limitsince some of the probable or confirmed cases follow repeat testing beforebeing discharged from the hospital,” Jalbuna said. The hospital will be the one to file thepatient’s documents within 120 days from the date of discharge. Meanwhile, the Western Visayas MedicalCenter (WVMC) sub-national laboratory is accredited by the Department of Health(DOH), and PhilHealth can cover the testing expenses of probable or confirmed COVID-19cases there. The package for mild pneumonia for theelderly or those with co-morbidities amounts to P43,997; moderate pneumonia,P143,267; severe pneumonia, P333,519; and critical pneumonia, P786,384. The patient can claim a maximum of P22,449if granted that he or she is linked to a referral hospital. The benefits section of PhilHealth-6 hasnot yet received any claim applications, but Jalbuna said the case of the COVID-19survivor from Guimbal, Iloilo is being processed at the hospital level. “This case policy says that there is noco-payment for our patient whether he or she is confined in a public or privatehospital. That means, the patient will not be paying anything,” Jalbuna said,adding that the case rates apply to probable or confirmed COVID-19 cases. She assured that COVID-19 survivorsconfined in hospitals before April 15 who were unable to avail the full paymentbenefit from PhilHealth would be given a refund.last_img read more