Rail freight grant program opens 2018-19 application period

HARRISBURG-Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways has opened the application period for the 2018-19 Rail Transportation Assistance Program and the Rail Freight Assistance Program, Secretary Leslie S. Richards said today.

Pennsylvania ranks first in the country in the number of operating railroads, with 64, and ranks near the top in total track mileage, with more than 5,600 miles.

In the last grant period, PennDOT awarded $32 million for 27 rail freight projects. 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.

For eligible organizations wishing to apply for funding through either program, applications for both programs will be available on the Bureau’s website () beginning on Monday, Aug. 6 and ending at 4:00 p.m. on Aug. 30. Program information can be found on the Bureau’s website and application questions should be directed to Tom Stettler at 717-772-2637 or Steve Panko at 717-787-1202.