The Washington State Department of Transportation is accepting applications to receive state funding for freight rail projects in Washington that create family-wage jobs and demonstrate the economic and environmental advantages of freight rail.

Railroads, port districts, rail districts, private companies and local governments are eligible to apply for part of nearly $8 million in project grants and loans available through two state programs – the Freight Rail Assistance Program and the Freight Rail Investment Bank.

Selected projects will improve freight mobility, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, help ease congestion on busy highways, reduce wear and tear on state roads and strengthen the state’s economy through domestic and international trade.

Applications and additional information are available at Applications are due August 29.


Washington State Department of Transportation’s call for projects for the Freight Rail Assistance Program and Freight Rail Investment Bank is now open. Applications are due by 5pm on August 29, 2014.

For additional information, answers to frequently asked question and application requirements, please see the 2015-2017 biennium project application packets below:

Freight Rail Assistance Program application packet (pdf 311 kb)
Freight Rail Investment Bank application packet (pdf 311 kb)

Additional questions about this call for projects can be directed to:
Chris Herman, Freight Rail Policy & Program Manager