Two DOT INFRA Grants Earmarked for Rail

Written by Andrew Corselli
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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed $856 million in grants through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. About 16% of those funds—$135.5 million—are earmarked for two rail projects.

The two railroad projects are Maryland DOT, $125 million to raise the vertical clearance of the Howard Street Tunnel, Baltimore, to facilitate movement of double-stack trains on a freight rail corridor; and the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District, $10.5 million to rehabilitate a 91.3-mile continuous short line railroad corridor between McGehee, Ark., and Tallulah, La.

DOT is proposing these awards under the INFRA discretionary grant program to large and small projects. For a large project, the INFRA grant must be at least $25 million. For a small project, the grant must be at least $5 million.

In addition to providing direct federal funding, the INFRA discretionary grant program aims to increase the total investment by state, local, and private partners.

An INFRA fact sheet can be found here.

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