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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 2020 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.

Program Guidance and Procedures

Download a program application here.

Download the CY 2020 Annual Operator Report fillable form here.

Short Line Railroad 2020 Needs Assessment

Recently TDOT contracted with Moffatt & Nichol, a railroad consulting firm, to complete a needs assessment of all short line railroads in Tennessee. Initial estimates, along with survey questions, were shared with short line authorities, engineers, and operators to gain feedback on the estimates and how any future rail preservation funds should be spent. To access the complete needs assessment, please click the link below.

2020 Short Line Needs Assessment

For more information on these programs, contact Amy Kosanovic at (615)313-3759 or