HARRISBURG, Pa., July 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PennDOT's Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways has opened the application period for the 2016 Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and the 2016 Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP), Secretary Leslie S. Richards said today.
"Rail freight continues to play a crucial role in offering connections that serve the business community and help build Pennsylvania's economy," Richards said. "Our grant programs reflect the commonwealth's commitment to keep this mode of transportation vibrant and effective."
Pennsylvania ranks first in the country in the number of operating railroads, with 63, and also ranks near the top in total track mileage, with more than 5,600 miles.
In the last grant period, PennDOT awarded $36 million for 15 projects through RTAP and 16 projects through RFAP. RTAP is a capital budget grant program funded with bonds and RFAP is underwritten through the new 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 (https://www.dotgrants.state.pa.us/RailFreight/) for thirty (30) days beginning on Monday, August 1, 2016 and ending at 6:00PM on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.
Program information can be found on the Bureau's website (http://www.penndot.gov/Doing-Business/RailFreightAndPorts/Pages/default.aspx) and application questions should be directed to Tom Stettler at email@example.com (717-772-2637) or Steve Panko at firstname.lastname@example.org (717-787-1202).
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Transportation