May 16, 2022 - -"We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to seize the day"

Texas short-line operators are urging the state to pursue federal funds that would help finance rail projects in the state.

They're highlighting federal grants available from the Federal Railroad Administration, especially as the window to apply for grants is expected to open in May. They say Texas hasn't ever participated in any FRA funding that assists and enourages short-line investments.

“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to seize the day and for once have Texas participate in a competitive grant program with other states … . There are many eligible projects in the TxDOT State Rail Plan that will never be completed if we don’t act on this soon,” Texas Rail Advocates (TRA) President Peter LeCody said. He added that if the state could match federal grants by just 20% to 30%, projects could be eligible for federal funding.

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