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Minnesota railroads, rail users, cities and counties can apply for state grant funding to improve freight-rail service that supports economic development, according to a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) news release.
The funding is available through the 2021 Minnesota Rail Service Improvement Program. Applications are due March 31.
The grants will be paid for with $4 million in general obligation bonds that were approved during the 2020 special legislative session. MnDOT may provide additional funding for projects.
Examples of eligible projects include improvements to railroad tracks, roadbeds, turnouts, bridges and buildings, and the acquisition of fixed loading/unloading equipment. Funding cannot be used for regular or recurring maintenance activities, incomplete or phased projects, or engineering, design and right-of-way acquisition costs.
More information about the program is available at www.mndot.gov/ofrw/railroad/mrsi.html.