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$26.5 million for rail and port infrastructure improvements in New York

Staff Writer | February 21, 2018
$26.5 million is now available in state funding to preserve and enhance rail and port services in major trade and passenger travel corridors across New York.
New York Freight Rail
Empire State   Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program
Funding for the Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program was included in the New York State Department of Transportation's $29 billion, five-year State Transportation Plan.

The program provides support for rail and port projects that enhance safety, alleviate congestion, increase operating capacity, facilitate regional economic development and increase competitiveness.

Projects funded through the Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program 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 and compatibility with other private and public investments.

Eligible project activities include: track and bridge rehabilitation; yard, terminal and siding construction; elimination of clearance obstructions; wharf, dock and bulkhead construction; dredging; and other projects that enhance economic competitiveness.

The New York State Department of Transportation will be accepting applications for this funding opportunity through April 27, 2018.

Last year, New York awarded $25 million to 19 applicants for rail and port improvement projects across the state.

The investments supported track rehabilitation, capacity expansion, railroad bridge repairs, and economic development opportunities.

An additional $5.4 million in private and local funding was leveraged through this initiative.

Previous grant awards included $2.6 million to SMS Rail Services, Albany County, to rehabilitate 14 miles of track in the Capital Region, $2.1 million to the Port of Oswego Authority, Oswego County, to construct additional rail tracks and expand cargo handling facilities, $1.18 million to the Mohawk Adirondack & Norther Railroad Corp., Oneida and Lewis counties, to expand the rail-to-truck transload facility in Utica and rehabilitate the rail line to Lyons Falls, and $360,000 to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to rehabilitate and improve rail access to Sumitomo Rubber USA facilities.