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Pennsylvania DOT seeks applicants for multimodal grants

The transportation fund grants help cover the cost of rail infrastructure improvements.
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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) yesterday announced it's accepting multimodal transportation fund (MTF) applications to help pay for improvements to railroads, transit facilities, roadways, bridges, park and ride facilities, and other transportation infrastructure in the state.

Eligible applicants include railroads, public transportation agencies, ports, municipalities, government entities, economic development organizations and business/nonprofit organizations. Projects that will be considered should coordinate local land use with transportation assets to enhance existing communities, PennDOT officials said in a press release.

"The MTF creates opportunities for local projects that may have otherwise had difficulty moving forward," said PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards. "Transportation improvements help keep goods and people moving throughout Pennsylvania."

MTF applications are due Nov. 8. PennDOT will evaluate the applications based on safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability. The department expects to announce grant recipients next year and funding to become available in July 2020.

Last year, PennDOT awarded $43 million in MTF grants to 49 projects in 23 counties.

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