Rail line being revived between two central Indiana cities

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A central Indiana city's mayor says he hopes a project to re-activate 12 miles of railroad line will help the area's economy.

The $5.5 million project will return tracks between Kokomo and Tipton into service. The work that is a partnership between Kokomo Grain, US Rail and Norfolk Southern railroad will cut a couple days off the movement of the grain company's freight.

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says the project announced Monday will improve rail access for companies in the city.

The Kokomo Tribune reports that the Norfolk Southern line has been dormant since 1997.

US Rail President Gabe Hall says the project is expected to be complete around March, when the company will operate trains on the line.

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