State announces $87 million for rail and port infrastructure improvements

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the availability of $87 million in state and federal funding for rail and port projects.

Projects funded through the Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program, administered by the New York State Department of Transportation, will be selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated based on established criteria that include a benefit cost analysis, adherence to regional economic development plans, compatibility with other private and public investments and actions that enhance resilience and reduce climate risk.

Eligible project activities include: track and bridge rehabilitation; yard, terminal and siding construction; elimination of clearance obstructions; wharf, dock and bulkhead construction and reconstruction; dredging; at-grade crossing railroad crossing resurfacing; material handling equipment storage facilities; and other projects that enhance economic competitiveness and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The New York State Department of Transportation will be accepting application forms for this funding opportunity through April 22.

Program guidance and application materials may be found at: https://www.dot.ny.gov/railgrants.

 

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