The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said it is accepting applications for projects funded by the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund or MTF through November 14, with plans to name recipients of this round of MTF grants in 2023.
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The agency noted that eligible applicants include municipalities, councils of governments, business/non-profit organizations, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, public airports, airport authorities, and ports and rail entities.
PennDOT added that the state established the MTF in 2013 to stabilize funding for ports and rail freight, increase aviation investments, establish dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and allow for “targeted funding” to priority investments in any mode.
“Transportation needs to work for everyone,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian in a statement. “The MTF helps support projects that keep people safe and connected, no matter who they are or how they travel.”
The agency noted that projects applying for MTF funding should coordinate local land use with transportation assets to enhance existing communities; improve streetscape, lighting, sidewalk facilities, and pedestrian safety; improve connectivity or utilization of existing transportation assets; or advance transit-oriented-development. Projects are selected based on safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability.
PennDOT added that, during the 2022-2023 fiscal year, 56 projects received $47.8 million in MTF funding across 28 counties.