Governor Maggie Hassan released the following statement today praising the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) announcement that a $1.4 million Transportation Investment Generating Economy Recovery (TIGER) will be awarded to upgrade and repair 42 miles of main-line rail between Rochester and Ossipee on the New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad:
"New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad from Rochester to Ossipee is an important economic link for Strafford and Carroll counties, connecting the region to the national freight network. Funds from the TIGER grant will help support critical repairs and upgrades in order to increase the weight limit of rail-car shipments and the speeds that trains can travel, as well as to improve safety and reliability. These improvements will assist in our efforts to support growing businesses, attract new industry to the region and help build the foundation for a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire.
"I want to thank Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte and Congresswomen Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter for their support, as well as the New Hampshire Department of Transportation for their successful efforts in applying for this important TIGER grant."
In May, Governor Hassan wrote a letter of support for the competitive TIGER grant application to then-DOT Secretary Ray LaHood.
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