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PennDOT begins multimodal applications under transportation bill

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PennDOT is accepting applications for transportation improvement projects under the multimodal fund created by last year's comprehensive transportation bill, or Act 89.

Eligible projects can cost between $100,000 and $3 million. Assistance is available for municipalities, councils of governments, businesses, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, rail freight and ports.

PennDOT has $20 million in unrestricted funds available in the 2014-15 fiscal year, and there is a 30 percent match.

PennDOT also can award grants from the dedicated budget categories. Those include aviation, rail freight, ports and bicycle-pedestrian projects.

Selections will be based on the following criteria: safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability.

By the fifth year, the transportation package will invest $144 million annually in the multimodal fund.

This year's application period ends June 30.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

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