Harrisburg – March 6, 2019 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) today announced that applications for the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund program are now available and can be submitted until July 31.

Farnese is Democratic chair of the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee.

Multimodal Transportation Fund ProgramThe program provides grant funding to encourage economic development and promote reliable transportation systems. 

“Easily accessible pedestrian walkways, safe bicycle lanes and effective traffic mitigation solutions are essential for every community to grow and find continued success,” Farnese said. 

Farnese said projects eligible for grant funding include:

  • transportation assets that enhance existing communities, such as intercity bus and rail service improvement, bus stops, transportation centers, park and ride facilities;
  • streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement and pedestrian safety, improving connectivity or utilization of existing transportation resources;
  • existing transportation assets related to coordinated transit services, bicycle/shared lane markings or bicycle parking at transit stops, improved signage, rail freight sidings, track rehabilitation or upgrades; and
  • development concentrated around and oriented to transit stations promoting transit riding or passenger rail use.

Grants are only available for projects that cost $100,000 or more.  The total grant money awarded to a project cannot exceed $3 million.  All municipalities, council of governments, business, economic development organizations and public transportation entities are eligible to apply for funding. 

The grant program is jointly administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and PennDOT.

Farnese, said people interested in the grant program can contact his local office for more information or go to https://dced.pa.gov/download/multimodal-transportation-fund-mtf-guidelines/?wpdmdl=82892