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Press Release MassDOT Opens New Round of New Industrial Rail Access Program Grant Applications

Funding opportunity to increase rail and freight access and to support economic opportunity and job growth. Applications due by 5 p.m., Thursday, June 1, 2023
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Media Contact for MassDOT Opens New Round of New Industrial Rail Access Program Grant Applications

Jacquelyn Goddard

BostonThe Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is pleased to offer a new round of funding for the Fiscal Year 2024 Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP).  Effective today and until 5 p.m., Thursday, June 1, the program is accepting applications from freight rail-supported businesses across the state for projects to expand or improve rail or freight access and which will support economic opportunity, safety and job growth.

"This grant program has been highly successful in supporting the expansion of businesses which move rail freight in Massachusetts, thereby resulting in taking truck traffic off the roads and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the state,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Gina Fiandaca. "Sometimes a business just needs additional railroad track on their property, a larger loading dock, or equipment to off-load goods in order to grow, and this grant program offers those businesses an opportunity to leverage funds to make these critical investments.”

IRAP is a competitive state-funded public/private partnership program that provides financial assistance to eligible applicants to invest in industry-based rail infrastructure access improvement projects. Applicants must match public funds with private funds, with private funds paying at least 40 percent of a project’s total cost.  Applicants may match more than the required minimum.

"The IRAP grant program has helped support economic growth and infrastructure improvements across the Commonwealth for more than 10 years," said Meredith Slesinger, MassDOT Rail & Transit Administrator. "Our freight rail businesses are valuable members of the community in cities and towns around the state and this program is an excellent example of the public and private sector partnering to grow the economy, reduce congestion, and help achieve our climate goals.”

All applications for this round of IRAP funding are due by close of business on Thursday, June 1, 2023. Projects are approved based upon consistency with program requirements and the level of public benefits they offer such as system preservation, mobility, economic development, and safety.  

In the most recent round of IRAP awards, over $3.1 million was awarded to seven projects throughout the Commonwealth in 2022. Those seven projects are expected to eliminate a total of 23,000 truck trips each year, support over 13,000 added rail car deliveries, add 22 jobs to support the increased railroad activity and provide businesses with improved access to rail and freight infrastructure.

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Media Contact for MassDOT Opens New Round of New Industrial Rail Access Program Grant Applications

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