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Freight Economic Development

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Department of Transportation

Freight Economic Development

MDOT’s Office of Rail administers three programs to support Michigan’s rail system as an essential modal option for Michigan commodity movements.

Freight Economic Development Program: MDOT provides grants to rail customers to connect to or expand their use of the rail system. Grants cover up to 50 percent of rail customer infrastructure, like rail spurs, up to $2 million. More information can be found in the Freight Economic Development Application below. Applications are accepted at any time.

Michigan Rail Loan Assistance Program: MDOT provides no-interest loans to railroads for rail infrastructure preservation and improvements. Loans cover up to 90 percent of project costs up to $1 million. More information on the program can be found in the 2021 MiRLAP Application below. MDOT is not accepting applications at this time.

Michigan Rail Enhancement Grant Program: MDOT provides grants to railroads and owners of multi-user transload facilities to improve public safety, operational efficiency, system accessibility, system capacity and/or system condition. Grants cover up to 70 percent of eligible project costs up to $5 million. More information on the program can be found in the FY 2024 M-REP application below. MDOT is planning to hold the next call for projects in FY 2025.

Questions?
Nikkie Johnson, 517-243-6937 

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