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N.Y. allots $27.9 million to preserve, enhance rail and port services

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced $27.9 million in state funding is available to preserve and enhance rail and port services in major trade and passenger travel corridors across New York State. This funding was included in the new $21.1 billion five-year State Transportation Plan under the Governor’s Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program. The program provides support for rail and port projects that enhance safety, alleviate congestion, increase operating capacity, facilitate regional economic development and increase competitiveness.

“This funding will improve rail safety and reduce transportation congestion on our roads, bolstering economic competitiveness and encouraging future growth,” Gov. Cuomo said. “These investments in infrastructure will help make a stronger, greener New York that is built to lead.”

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 cost benefit 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.

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said,“Projects that improve economic competitiveness, provide alternatives to truck transportation; and improve air quality are sound investments. This program will improve rail safety, increase freight capacity and support job creation.”

The New York State Department of Transportation will be accepting applications for this funding opportunity through Nov. 4. Program guidance and applications may be found at: https://www.dot.ny.gov/railgrants