Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) issued the following statement concerning the United States Department of Transportation’s (DOT) award of nearly $14.5 million in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program grants for the Ellis & Eastern Company railroad, a shortline railroad that services southwestern Minnesota and southeastern South Dakota:

“This CRISI grant will improve the safety and quality of the Ellis & Eastern railroad and will be a boon to southern Minnesota’s economy. These rail infrastructure improvements will allow for faster, safer and more cost-effective transportation of products like ethanol and make our rural communities in Rock and Nobles Counties more prosperous. Thanks to the U.S. DOT and Federal Railroad Administration officials, state Senator Bill Weber, state Reps. Rod Hamilton and Joe Schomacker, our fine county commissioners, the hardworking folks at Ellis & Eastern, and all who made this possible.”