Monday, October 19th, 2009

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders has formally approved accepting $5.8 million in federal funds to pay for improvements to the Chester Branch Rail Line.

The freeholders also approved the acquisition of the freight rail line from the Roxbury manufacturing company that owns it for $1 in return for upgrading the line.

The four-mile active rail line extends from Wharton through Randolph and terminates in Roxbury, and serves commercials users in Randolph and Roxbury with trains operated by The Morristown & Erie Rail Line.

Upgrading the rail line, according to the freeholders, would improve service to the current industrial users, and would make the freight line more attractive to future users. Funds for the rail repairs come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The county expects to solicit bids for the upgrade this fall.