WASHINGTON — BNSF Railway will receive a federal grant for $14.9 million toward infrastructure improvements in and around Malta, Mont., U.S. Sen. Jon Tester announced Thursday.
The money, from the Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Grant Program, is to improve service on the route of the Empire Builder. Specifically, it will help with final design and construction of track, bridge, signal and other improvements, eliminating a bottleneck in the Malta area.
“As someone who’s spent his entire life in north central Montana, I can tell you firsthand just how critical the Empire Builder is to keeping communities connected and helping Montana small businesses thrive,” Tester said in a press release. “… These funds will help ensure smooth and reliable service along the Empire Builder [route], and I’m proud to have worked across the aisle to make it happen.”