Pence Visits Indiana Eastern Railroad
COTTAGE GROVE—U.S. Representative Greg Pence visited the Indiana Eastern Railroad (IERR) headquarters Tuesday where he toured the railroad and learned more about the services it provides.
"It was great to visit the Indiana Eastern Railroad's Headquarters to learn more about their service and to highlight their important work," said Rep. Pence. "Short line rail is important to our constituents, where it contributes to economic opportunity and business development. It is the primary connection for our local communities to larger markets."
Pence is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Railroad Subcommittee. The visit is part of a week long swing through the 6th District.
"Congressman Pence has shown his continued support for the railroad industry and we ask that other lawmakers in the State of Indiana join Pence in his support for the 45G tax credit extension. This extension will ultimately provide a vehicle for short lines to rehabilitate track infrastructure, thus increasing efficiencies that provide economic value to our communities and increased safety to the general public," said George Andres, CEO of IERR.
There are over 136,898 freight railroad miles in the United States, of which, 3,786 freight miles are in the State of Indiana. Indiana Eastern operates on 43 miles of track in Wayne, Union and Franklin counties in Indiana. The line also extends into Butler and Hamilton counties in Ohio.
Pence has been a big supporter of shortline railroad located in the 6th District. Pence supported efforts to help the Madison Railroad successfully win a $4.2 million grant for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI). The money, from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), will be used to update the aging Graham Creek Bridge in Madison, Indiana.