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.