PennDOT Monday announced it is accepting applications for funding for transportation improvement projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund created by Act 89. The deadline for applications is June 30.
Eligible projects include: intercity bus and rail service improvement, bus stops, transportation centers, park and ride facilities, rail freight sidings, land acquisition for eligible airport development, land interests required for air approach and clear zone purposes, sidewalk - crosswalk safety improvements, bicycle lanes, rout designation, in-fill development by assisting with traffic impact mitigation, develop local highways, highway noise and sound barriers and bridge which will benefit state system and local economic development and greenways.
PennDOT can make available $20 million in Fiscal Year 2014-15 to distribute to successful applicants. Eligible projects can cost between $100,000 and $3 million and they require a 30 percent match from local sources.
PennDOT will evaluate the applications and make selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability.
Besides the $20 million in unrestricted funds to be distributed, PennDOT may award grants from the dedicated budget categories in the Multimodal fund for aviation, rail freight, ports and bicycle-pedestrian projects.
“Our new transportation plan, Act 89, benefits the entire sweep of the transportation landscape,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “This PennDOT-managed grant program set up in the Act will allow us to support a wider array of improvements that can reach far down into our communities.”For more information, visit PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation webpage.