By RICHARD F. BELISLE
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Plans to convert part of the nearly 20,000-acre Letterkenny Army Depot to civilian use moved a small step closer Friday with the announcement of federal and state grants to upgrade nine miles of railroad track that run through the complex.
The money - $60,000 from the state's Rail Freight Assistance Program and $60,000 from the federal Highway Trust Fund - also will pay for improving eight rail crossings in the depot, said U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster who came on the base to announce the grants.
Shuster, R-Pa., is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
"These funds continue my efforts to ensure that the redevelopment efforts of Letterkenny Army Depot are a first-rate success," Shuster said. "Rail service into the depot is an asset we need to improve."