PennDOT Opening Pool of Multimodal Grant Funds

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be accepting applications via Multimodal Transportation Fund through November 8 to fund roadway, bridge, and transit projects, along with park and ride facilities, sidewalk, crosswalk safety improvements, and bicycle lanes.

“The Multimodal Transportation Fund creates opportunities for local projects that may have otherwise had difficulty moving forward,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards explained in a statement.

Leslie Richards

Eligible applicants include municipalities, council of governments, business/non-profit organizations, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, public airports, airport authorities, and ports and rail entities. Projects that will be considered should coordinate local land use with transportation assets to enhance existing communities, PennDOT noted.

In 2018, 49 projects in 23 counties received $43 million in grant funding through the MTF; a fund established by Act 89 six years ago to help “stabilize” funding for ports and rail freight, increase aviation investments, establish dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and allow targeted funding for priority investments in any mode.

PennDOT expects to announce grant recipients for MTF funds next year, noting that the grant monies will become available in July 2020.


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