The City of Borger has submitted a federal grant for the 2018 Federal Railroad Administration’s Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program for a project to improve and enhance safety and security of the short-line rail system. The CRISI Grant provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, is offering $65 million to be split nationwide to enhance
infrastructure and safety improvements of railroad lines.
The City of Borger will be the lead applicant for the grant. The City is joined in the application by two co-applicants who are also both eligible applicants under the CRISI program: The Panhandle Northern Railroad, LLC (PNR), and the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission.
The project will invest $4,328,511 to install 13,682 new railroad ties, and 13,415 tons of new track ballast to better secure the track structure along the PNR’s 32-mile owned right-of way. This project proposes strategies that will decrease the derailment risk on PNR and allow for the continued and enhanced safe transportation of over 10,000 carloads of materials including sensitive materials such as methyl mercaptan, anhydrous ammonia, refined gasoline, crude oil, isopentane, heptane, flammable liquids, methanol, LPG, sulfuric acid, toxic corrosive liquids, and over 1,000 carloads of other hazardous material types. The project will also promote economic vitality for the Borger area and the Texas Panhandle Region
“The City of Borger is excited about this opportunity to help the railroad and our industrial partners in the community. Industry is a part of who we are as a community and we are pleased to be able to step up and help out with this opportunity,” said Bubba Dixon, Mayor. “This project would directly support the safety of our community and will enhance the economic prosperity of Borger as it is implemented. The City is desirous that the grant will be funded, and the project executed.”
If funded, Panhandle Northern Railroad will provide the entire local grant match for the project in the amount of $2,164,256 and make initial payments to contractors and subrecipients totaling
$4,328,511 over the course of the project.
The grant application was submitted by the City of Borger on June 20, 2018.