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8/6/2019



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PennDOT accepting freight-rail grant applications


Eligible organizations may apply for funding through either program.
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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is now accepting applications for the 2019 Rail Transportation Assistance (RTAP) and the Rail Freight Assistance (RFAP) programs.

Eligible organizations — including freight railroads, freight railroad-served shippers and economic development entities — may apply for funding through either program. Applications are available on the website, PennDOT officials said in a press release.

Applications will be accepted Aug. 30.

In the 2018 grant period, PennDOT awarded $23 million for 27 freight-rail projects. PennDOT manages two grant programs: RTAP, a capital budget grant program funded with bonds; and RFAP, which is underwritten through the state Multimodal Fund created by Act 89 of 2013.

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, PennDOT officials said.

"PennDOT is committed to serving Pennsylvania communities by efficiently moving goods and services across the state," said PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards. "Our goal is to stimulate a vibrant rail freight network which serves as an economic catalyst, creates jobs and improves the economy."



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