Rail development financial assistance
Financial assistance to strengthen, enhance or preserve Iowa's rail transportation system and encourage economic development and job growth are available.
A brief summary of each is included below with links to further information on eligibility and the application process. Also included are links to related state and federal funding programs.In addition, programs are available to assist with safety improvements at highway-railroad crossings.
Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant Program (RRLGP)The RRLGP provides assistance to improve rail facilities that will spur economic development and job growth and provide assistance to railroads for the preservation and improvement of the railroad transportation system. Both grants and loans are available and are awarded based on competitive applications.
Linking Iowa’s Freight Transportation System (LIFTS) ProgramThe LIFTS program is a new grant funding opportunity to improve Iowa’s freight transportation system. The LIFTS program grant funding is not limited to a particular mode of transportation, but is designed to assist projects that contribute to effective and efficient freight transportation. Project eligibility is far ranging. Awards will be based on competitive applications due October 23, 2015.
Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program (ICAAP)Rail projects are eligible for funding under (ICAAP), which provides funding for projects that reduce congestion, improve traffic flow and reduce vehicle emissions.
National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER Discretionary Grants)Competitive grant program for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.
|Fiscal Year||Project||Requested Amount|
|2015||Upper Midwest Transportation Hub||$7.1 million|
|2014||Upper Midwest Transportation Hub||$14.6 million|
|2013||Upper Midwest Transportation Hub||$16 million|
|2011||CRANDIC West 900 Interchange Project||$2.5 million|
|2010||BNSF Burlington Bridge||$25 million|
|2010||CRANDIC Interchange Project||$7 million|
|2010||IANR Bridge/Rail Rehabilitation||$19.8 million|
|2010||UP Clinton Bridge||$33 million|
|2010||UP Wind Belt Project||$24 million|
Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF)Administered by the Federal Railroad Administration, the RRIF program assists railroads with refinancing, line acquisition, track rehabilitation, or development of new intermodal facilities.
Transportation enhancementsThe Transportation Enhancement program provides funding assistance for transportation related enhancements that fall within three categories: trails and bikeways; historic and archaeological; or scenic and environmental. The Transportation Enhancement Program is administered by the Iowa DOT's Office of System Planning. Restorations of several historic Iowa rail depots have been assisted through this program.
The Funding Guide provides information on this and a variety of other funding programs available for transportation projects.