On the heels of President Biden signing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law, Johnstown set to receive millions in federal funding for transportation
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is announcing that the City of Johnstown will receive an award of $24,448,164 in discretionary grant funding from the Department of Transportation. This Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant will fund the Iron-to-Arts Corridor project, which will upgrade the Johnstown Train Station, restore the Inclined Plane transit system to its full function, improve the CamTran Downtown Intermodal Transportation Center and connect these transit centers and economic hubs via the Main Street Greenway.
“Today, I am proud to say that Johnstown can begin to take action on projects vital to the economic health of the region. Not only will upgrading and restoring transportation hubs allow for more pedestrian movement, these projects will facilitate commutes for workers and increase tourism. As we build back better, investing in our Nation’s infrastructure is absolutely critical. I will continue to advocate for resources to come to Johnstown and Southwestern Pennsylvania,” said Senator Casey.
The RAISE grant program is the main discretionary grant program for major road, rail, transit and port projects. In Johnstown, the Inclined Plane, the Johnstown Train Station and the Downtown Transit Center need repairs to mechanical systems, electrical systems and passenger facility systems. Of the nearly $25 million allocated, $11.2 million will be used to restore the train station and $12.4 million will go to restoring the historic inclined plane. CamTran estimates that repairs will bring ridership from 65,000 passengers annually to 200,000+ each year. To connect the different rail and transit sites, $8.2 million will be spent on improving pedestrian and cyclist access to the area. Finally, $3.6 million will go to the CamTran transit center, improving the interior, making it more pedestrian accessible and developing commercial sites on the station’s property.