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State funds available for freight rail projects that keep economy chugging with jobs, trade

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Date:  Monday, June 11, 2012

Contact: Laura Kingman, marketing and communications manager, 360-705-7904 (Olympia)

OLYMPIA – 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, 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 July 31.

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