Post Content

Rail, Ayer Industrial Rail Access Expansion 2017MassDOT has announced that it is now accepting applications for grants under the Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) which helps increase rail and freight access, economic opportunity, and job growth.

IRAP provides grants to railroads, rail shippers and municipalities for projects that will create public benefits by  improving access to freight rail service. The program, now in its seventh year, leverages private investment to make it easier for Massachusetts industries to use freight rail – a choice that offers energy and environmental benefits and which can help reduce  truck traffic.

All applications will be due on Thursday, August 29. 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 $1.8 million was distributed to five projects throughout the Commonwealth. These five projects are expected to create at least 60 new jobs, eliminate 24,300 regional truck trips each year, and support over 3,650 rail cars each year. State funding for these five projects will be matched by over $2.4 million in private funds.

The Transportation Bond Bill filed by Governor Baker on Thursday, July 25, titled An Act Authorizing and Accelerating Transportation Investment, includes a reauthorization for IRAP grants.

For more information and to apply, visit the IRAP program website.

Written By:

Tags: ,

Recent Posts

MassDOT Encourages Presidents’ Day Travelers to Plan Ahead posted on Feb 13

MassDOT Encourages Presidents' Day Travelers to Plan Ahead

MassDOT is advising members of the public traveling during the next several days to plan ahead, take advantage of MassDOT’s many travel “real time” tools and consider using public transportation this coming weekend if possible.  The public should note that Monday, February 17, is a holiday   …Continue Reading MassDOT Encourages Presidents’ Day Travelers to Plan Ahead

2020 International Aviation Art Contest Massachusetts State Winners Announced posted on Feb 11

2020 International Aviation Art Contest Massachusetts State Winners Announced

The MassDOT Aeronautics Division recently held judging at the State level for the 2020 International Aviation Art Contest “Flying Yesterday and Tomorrow.” The State winners in the three categories are listed below: Category I ages (6-9) First place – Wynter Larrabee, Nantucket Flying Association, Nantucket   …Continue Reading 2020 International Aviation Art Contest Massachusetts State Winners Announced

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Workforce Transportation Grant Awards posted on Feb 10

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Workforce Transportation Grant Awards

Today, at a meeting of the MassDOT Board of Directors and Fiscal and Management Control Board, Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack announced $4.2 million in funding for the Baker-Polito Administration’s Workforce Transportation Grant Program. The grants are a result of a recommendation in the   …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration Announces Workforce Transportation Grant Awards