PennDOT Accepting Grant Applications

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is accepting applications for its 2020 Rail Transportation Assistance Program and Rail Freight Assistance Program.

The latter program is designed to provide financial assistance for freight-rail infrastructure projects with the intent of preserving essential freight-rail service where economically feasible and preserving or stimulating economic development through the generation of new or expanded freight-rail service.

Also known as Capital Budget, the RTAP is available to applicants with a line item in a Capital Budget Act.

The maximum state funding for an RTAP project is 70 percent of total project costs, not to exceed the amount of the line item.

PennDOT awarded $40 million in 23019 in grants for 26 freight-rail projects.

The state is home to 65 railroads operating over 5,600 miles of track.

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