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2013 Capital Projects

The Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) continues to pursue a comprehensive program of capital improvements. ARRC is investing millions to aggressively improve infrastructure.

ARRC has budgetd nearly $29 million in new spending for capital projects in 2013.

  • $8.74 million is funded by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants (this includes the 20% match from the Alaska Railroad)
  • $5.4 million from other federal funding sources, including Federal Highway Administration (FRA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) (this includes Alaska Railroad match of between 9 and 25%)
  • Beyond providing local matching dollars to federal grants, the Alaska Railroad plans to spend an additional $14.37 million to fund internal capital improvements. 

An additional $53.3 million in new spending is budgeted for one of the two special rail extension projects. Since 2007, the State of Alaska has appropriated $255 million toward planning, design and construction of two major rail extensions. $84 million was appropriated in support of Phase One of the Northern Rail Extension. $171 has been appropriated for the Port MacKenzie Rail Extension, including a $23.5 state grant and a $30 million voter-approved state bond for FY2013.  

pdf document 2013 Program of Projects (POP) at a Glance

pdf document 2013 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