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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) yesterday opened the application period for grants under the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP).
PennDOT manages two grant programs: RTAP, a capital budget grant program funded with bonds; and RFAP, which is underwritten through the Multimodal Fund created by Act 89.
Applications for both programs are available on the dotGrants website until Aug. 20.
In the 2020 grant period, PennDOT awarded $31 million for 26 freight-rail projects.
"Our grant programs reflect our commitment to supporting the business community and keeping rail lines safe," said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian in a press release.
Pennsylvania ranks first in the country in the number of operating railroads with 65 and ranks near the top in total track mileage with more than 5,600 miles.