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Sun January 12, 2014
Rail company to keep trying for Toledo link funds
BLISSFIELD, Mich. (AP) - A railroad company in southeastern Michigan's Lenawee County says it will keep pushing for financial help in reestablishing a freight line to Toledo, Ohio.
The Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road Co. lost out on 2013 grant awards through the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program. Railroad owner Mark Dobronski says it will reapply for the next round and also is pursuing other financing.
Officials say the lack of a rail link hampers economic development in the county.
Dobronski tells The Daily Telegram of Adrian that it now takes several days to ship freight cars from Blissfield to Toledo, using a 600-mile circuit through Indiana.
Five to six miles of track between Riga and Ottawa Lake were torn out three decades ago when the line was out of use.