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JOHNSON ANNOUNCES NEARLY $4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO IMPROVE RAIL SAFETY

September 18, 2020
Press Release

BOSSIER CITY, La. – U.S. Representative Mike Johnson (LA-04) today announced an almost $4 million grant to improve safety along the Kansas City Southern rail line that runs between Frierson and Starks. These improvements, authorized by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), will fund predictive warning systems at 24 crossings along the 157-miles of rail between the two towns. This funding can be used for a variety of warning systems, including flashing lights, gate arms, and motion detectors.

“Predictive warning systems are key to ensuring the safety of Louisianians on the road, especially in often overlooked rural railroad crossings. We're very pleased that such systems are being installed at crossings for the railway that essentially follows the track of Highway 171 from Frierson to Starks. I want to thank Secretary Chao for continuing to prioritize rural investments to improve the safety of our constituents on the road,” said Johnson.