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The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is seeking applications for $1 million in grant funding from its 2018 rail service improvement program.Railroads, rail users, cities and counties are eligible to apply for the program, which is aimed at boosting freight-rail service that supports economic development, according to an MnDOT press release.Eligible projects include improvements to track, roadbeds, turnouts, bridges, buildings and fixed loading and unloading equipment."Many times small railroads and businesses lack the capital to make necessary improvements on their own. This funding helps the smaller railroads and shippers continue to provide competitive options and efficient movement of goods," said Peter Dahlberg, program manager in MnDOT's Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations.During its 2017 session, the Minnesota Legislature approved $1 million in general obligation bonds for the rail service improvement program. Since 2000, the program has provided more than $57 million in capital improvement loans for 103 projects.