Wednesday, August 8, 2018

2018-19 Rail Freight Grant Program Opens Application Period

Harrisburg, PA - PennDOT’s Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways has opened the application period for the 2018-19 Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP), Secretary Leslie S. Richards said today.

“Pennsylvania’s vibrant rail freight network serves as an economic development catalyst, which translates into jobs and a healthy economy,” Richards said. “Our grant programs reflect the commonwealth’s commitment to preserve and improve the rail freight transportation network.”

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, August 6, 2018 and ending at 4:00PM on Thursday, August 30, 2018.

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).

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