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2015 Capital Projects

The Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) continues to pursue a comprehensive program of capital improvements. ARRC is investing millions to maintain an efficient, safe infrastructure.

ARRC has budgeted about $32 million in new spending for capital projects in 2015.

  • $6.28 million is funded by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants (this includes the 20% match from the Alaska Railroad)

  • $3 million grant from the U.S. DOT Maritime Administration (this includes 17% match from the Alaska Railroad) to fund master planning activities for the Seward Reserve and dock facilities. 

  • $140,000 Port Security Grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 

  • $3.75 in debt funding to replace and upgrade aging vehicles and equipment.
  • Beyond providing local matching dollars to federal grants, the Alaska Railroad plans to spend an additional $18.74 million to fund internal capital improvements. 

pdf document 2015 Program of Projects (POP) at a Glance 

pdf document 2015 POP Comment Form 

Project Goals

We’ve enhanced safety and efficiency by straightening the main track, building longer sidings (railroad “passing lanes”), automated switches, and implementing a collision avoidance system. And we have upgraded and expanded customer services through new depots and equipment. Our capital improvement goals are to:

  • Improve and Enhance Safety of Track, Equipment, and Facilities
  • Improve Quality and Quantity of Current Service
  • Improve and Upgrade Current Facilities
  • Develop New Products and Services
  • Complement Economic Development Goals of City, Region and State