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massdot-formal_logoMassDOT is announcing that it is now accepting applications for the FY2021 Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP).  The program supports projects that expand or improve rail or 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 paying at least 40 percent of a project’s total cost, and several of today’s awardees will match more than the required minimum.

All applications are due by close of business on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. 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 $2.7 million was awarded to nine projects throughout the Commonwealth. These nine projects are expected to create at least 250 new jobs, eliminate 11,500 regional truck trips each year, and support over 3,000 rail cars each year. State funding for these nine projects will be matched by over $2.5 million in private funds.

For more information and to apply to the IRAP program, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/industrial-rail-access-program

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