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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday announced the availability of $26.5 million in state funding to preserve and improve rail and port services in major trade and passenger corridors across the state.The funds come from the Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program, which was included in the New York State Department of Transportation's (NYSDOT) $29 billion, five-year state transportation plan.Projects will be selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated based on established criteria, including cost-benefit analyses, adherence to regional economic development plans, and compatibility with other private and public investments. Eligible projects include track and bridge rehab; yard, terminal and siding construction; elimination of clearance obstructions; wharf, dock and bulkhead construction; dredging and other projects to improve economic competitiveness."This funding will improve rail safety and port infrastructure while also alleviating congestion on our roads and boosting economic activity and growth," Cuomo said in a press release. "These investments in our state's transportation network will help secure a stronger New York for all."NYSDOT will accept applications for the funding through April 27. Last year, New York awarded $25 million to 19 applications for rail and port improvement projects across the state.
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