Post Content


For immediate release:

September 17, 2021

MassDOT Announces almost $3 Million in Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) Grants

Grants will boost Industrial Rail and Freight Access and Jobs

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today announced seven grants totaling almost $3 million in awards from the Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) to enhance rail and freight access, economic opportunity, and job growth.

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 accounting for at least 40% of a project’s total cost. Several of the awardees will exceed the required minimum match.

“These awards successfully leverage public and private funds to provide businesses with improved access to rail and freight infrastructure and make new connections with customers,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are pleased to partner with these companies and continue to strengthen our transportation system through the development of reliable rail infrastructure projects.”

“As we collaborate with employers to support these freight and rail projects, we are improving the transportation system and enhancing local development and job growth,”said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “These partnerships will help expand and increase efficiency of operations, providing long-lasting benefits for the entire Commonwealth.”

“The IRAP program has been extremely valuable in supporting the needs of rail and freight while creating jobs and enhancing economic growth,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler. “It’s important to note that investing in rail and freight infrastructure helps reduce truck traffic on our roadways, thereby reducing congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.”

The IRAP program received applications from freight rail-supported businesses across the Commonwealth. Projects were approved based on meeting program requirements and the level of public benefits they offered such as system preservation, mobility, economic development, and safety.

The Fiscal Year 2022 recipients include the following:

James Hardie Building Products ($500,000)

The grant will assist James Hardie in installing a siding track at a new building’s products warehouse in Westfield. James Hardie Building Products is providing 84% of the project cost.

Excel Recycling LLC ($479,700):

The grant will support the installation of a new siding track at a metal recycling facility that will be served by Mass Coastal Railroad. Excel Recycling LLC is providing 40% of the project cost.

Oldcastle Lawn & Garden Inc. ($114,432)

The grant will fund railcar unloading equipment at a concrete material manufacturer by the Housatonic Railroad. Oldcastle Lawn & Garden Inc. is providing 40% of the project cost.

Pioneer Valley Railroad ($384,022)

The grant will help expand track capacity of the Easthampton Yard to serve existing and future customers. Pioneer Valley Railroad is providing 40% of the project cost.

Grafton and Upton Railroad Company ($500,000)

The grant will be used to assist in the Upton transload facility track expansion. Grafton and Upton Railroad Company is providing 40% of the project cost.

WT L and LLC ($500,000)

The grant will be used for expanding capacity of an existing asphalt facility served by Pan Am. WT Land LLC is providing 69% of the project cost.

Dana Transport Inc./Equipment Care Center of Oxford LLC ($500,000)

The grant will assist in the expansion of a plastic resin distribution facility served by Providence and Worcester Railroad. Dana Transport Inc. is providing 50% of the project cost.

For more information about the Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) please visit:



Written By:

Recent Posts

Baker-Polito Administration Advances Mystic River Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge Project posted on Oct 22

Governor Charlie Baker today announced that the Baker-Polito Administration has committed to completing the design, permitting, and construction of the Mystic River Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge. The bridge project, once constructed, will provide a connection from Draw Seven Park near the MBTA Assembly Station in the City of Somerville to the City of Everett next to the Encore Boston Harbor Resort, enhancing mobility and access for residents while linking communities within the Northern Strand and Mystic River trail network. The announcement was made by Governor Baker, Energy, and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides, Transportation Secretary Jamey Tesler, Gaming Commission Chair Cathy Judd Stein, and state and local officials in the Cities of Everett and Somerville.

MassDOT Stresses Importance of Driving Safety During Teen Driver Safety Week posted on Oct 21

MassDOT Stresses Importance of Driving Safety During Teen Driver Safety Week

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is underscoring the importance of speaking with teenagers about safe driving behaviors during this 14th Annual National Teen Driver Safety Week. Adults are encouraged to specifically discuss traveling at or below the speed limit, wearing a seatbelt, putting cellular phones away, using turn signals, driving sober, and always looking at the road ahead. The U.S. Department of Transportation has statistics which show in 2019, almost 2,400 teens in the United States aged 13 to 19 were killed from injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes.

MassDOT Alerts Drivers to Bus-on-Shoulder Testing on Section of I-93 posted on Oct 20

MassDOT Alerts Drivers to Bus-on-Shoulder Testing on Section of I-93

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is alerting drivers to the October 20, 2021, start of additional field testing for the viability of allowing buses to travel in the breakdown lane of I-93, between I-95 and Somerville.