HARRISBURG, March 27, 2018 – Sen. John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) said today that $700,000 in funding for the Phoenix Lithographing Corporation was approved to remove and replace obsolete tracks and complete track rehabilitation.

“As Democratic chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and a member of the state Transportation Commission, I am pleased that funding was approved for this project,” Sabatina said. “The project will create and retain jobs in my district and improve rail freight transportation in the area.”

Phoenix Lithographing is located in Northeast Philadelphia at 1163 Caroline Street. Their 154,000-square foot facility located minutes from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-95 and Roosevelt Boulevard.

The company will construct one mile of track plus make other alterations including at-grade crossings in an industrial park owned by Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.  The project will create 10 new jobs.

“This project will help the environment, create jobs and improve the transportation infrastructure in the area,” Sabatina said.

Phoenix Lithographing is changing the way it receives its inbound shipment by shifting the delivery of product from truck to railroad through this project. This shift will remove approximately 300 trucks from the road annually.

The State Transportation Commission approved $32 million for 27 projects statewide.  These funds will help create and sustain more than 400 jobs. 

There are roughly 5,600 miles of freight tracks in the state.