News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Knight Foundation

Akron General

Hospice of the Western Reserve


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Environment


Federal money for NEO National Park
$3.2m to help refurbish Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad cars
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


Senior Reporter
Mark Urycki
 
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The Federal Transit Administration is handing out 41 million dollars in grants in this month for projects in the nation’s National Parks. Today, (Tues) the FTA announced that the largest grant among all the federal park properties will go to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports the money is earmarked for improvements to the Scenic Railroad.  

Urycki story

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:46)


(Click image for larger view.)

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park regularly ranks in the top ten most visited national parks in the country.   Park Superintendent Stan Austin told a gathering of dignitaries in a railroad car at the train station in Independence that about 2 ½ million people visit the park each year .

 “I’m the envy of other superintendents across the nation because we have a scenic railroad.”

And out of 58 transit projects in 24 states that won grants, it’s the Cuyahoga Valley getting the most money:  $3.2 million.  Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff says the Northeast Ohio park beat out some stiff national competition for the grants. 

 “In part because it’s serving 2.5 million people in a concentrated area; in part because the passenger count on this railroad had grown; in part because the infrastructure is older and if we don’t replace it we’re going to lose this very valuable asset…. It’s really an elemental part of the park’s experience for a lot of families.”

The federal grants will help renovate four train cars that are as much as 60 years old.  The president of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Steve Wait, says it will also update to a greener locomotive.

  “We’ve been testing a green locomotive here in the park that saved about 70% of fuel usage and gave us high efficiency so you’re reducing the carbon footprint through a new and efficient locomotive which will pull more tonnage, which we can add more cars but then it also using less fuel.”

Floods have damaged the tracks in years past but Wait says they are in good shape now. 

“ No, the national aprk has invested a great deal of money over the last 6-8 years.  They’ve invested a lot in the bank stabilization along the river and in upgrading the tracks so all the floods this year didn’t’ really affect the railroad. “

The grants are part of a program to cut pollution, traffic and noise in the national parks.

Other parts of the Cuyahoga Valley project include renovating a second car to carry bicycles,  updating the power generator car, adding another handicapped-accessible car, and building a footbridge so pedestrians can cross the Cuyahoga River to the Rockside Train depot in Independence. The railroad connects to and runs through the park from Independence to Canton.
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

What the U.S. Supreme Court ruling means for early voting
r.gov trying to slow down voters to stop the people from voting out the r. govener

Cleveland Orchestra heads home from Europe
So proud to be a lifetime Clevelander! Yes, our Orchestra is the best ambassador a city could hope for! My wife and I happened to hear the European Festival T...

Northeast Ohio undocumented immigrants praying for a miracle
Stop it, just stop it. They are not undocumented but illegal aliens. I live in a 'sanctuary' city and it's not pretty. Dahlberg is a notorious trouble maker in ...

Ohio survey shows low-income people are choosing phones over food
Where is this study published? no sign of it on google scholar. is there a cite

The Akron Sound rocks the porches
fabulous group interview! you covered so much in so little time. wish i could be there for porch rockr.

Head of Ohio Dems says Kasich administration is lying about Suarez contacts
when Kasich's mouth is open , he's lying. Look what he did at Lehmans brothers and then lied about it all during the campaign. If a GOP didn't lie, he or she ...

Canton's Basilica of St. John absorbs news of the pope at morning Mass
Hello Chris,Marina,and Patrice, I just read this article and you all look great. I'm on facebook Jean Dutcher in blue and white stripped blouse. I"M so glad to ...

Exploradio: Avoiding the 'acting-white' trap
Growing-up black and being black should not determine that you will not speak well or will not be a high achiever in your goals in life.But society te nds to la...

Charter-school supporters to rally at Statehouse
I am on the bus now headed to the rally. Horizon is an excellent school. My son is is 7 th grade. The teachers and administrators are top notch and spend so m...

Former Nursing Home Land Added to Parks
In addition, LED technology also plays a very important role in advertising- LED placard is very, very useful for shop owners.

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University