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TDOT Railroad Grant Programs

Rail Connectivity Grants

A total of $10.3M is available to support projects that meet the program’s objectives. The grant program seeks to strategically expand rail access and opportunities within the state of Tennessee in order to benefit the state by:

  • impacting job creation and capital investment by industries that require rail access
  • enhancing the marketability of available industrial sites
  • and/or reducing highway and bridge maintenance costs by diverting heavy freight from the roadway network to rail.

Click here to download a one-page Fact Sheet on the grant program.

Click here to see a list of previous winners.

Click here to download the CY 2018 Annual Operator Report fillable form.

Short Line Railroad Preservation Grants

The purpose of Tennessee’s Short Line Railroad Preservation Grant Program is to preserve rail service to local communities and expand rail connectivity to sites along existing rail corridors. The focus of the program is on facilitating the efficient and economical movement of freight within Tennessee by strengthening the network of short line railroads in the state.

Grants from the Transportation Equity Trust Fund are provided to Authorities established pursuant to state statute in order to preserve and maintain essential rail transportation. TDOT requires Authorities to be actively involved in the management of grant funds.

Download the current program guidance and procedures document here.

Download a program application here.

Download the CY 2018 Annual Operator Report fillable form here.

 

For more information on these programs, contact Jessica Wilson at (615)741-5025 or Jessica.L.Wilson@tn.gov