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Seneca County IDA seeks state grant for rail upgrades at former depot

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The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) has stepped forward to aid businessman Earl Martin in enhancing rail infrastructure at the former Seneca Army Depot.


After purchasing around 7,000 acres of the 10,600-acre site in 2017, Martin relocated his Seneca Dairy Systems gate and fence manufacturing operations there and initiated a steel-galvanizing plant.

Now, to facilitate the efficient transport of steel and other commodities, Martin plans to refurbish the depot’s old railway tracks for connection with the Finger Lakes Railway system.

On October 5, the IDA resolved to be the primary applicant for a state Department of Transportation grant titled the Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program, aimed at funding capital investments in rail infrastructure.