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Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF)

Grants to Pennsylvania Agencies, Businesses,
Railroads, and Ports to Enhance Transportation

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Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)

Deadline Date:

07/31/19 Receipt by Close of Business


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Grants to Pennsylvania municipalities, public transportation agencies, ports, railroads, businesses, councils of governments, and economic development organizations to promote and support safe and reliable transportation throughout the state. Projects will enhance pedestrian safety, communities, and transit revitalization.

Eligible Projects:
1. A project that coordinates local land use with transportation assets to enhance existing communities, including but not limited to: intercity bus and rail service improvement, bus stops, transportation centers, park and ride facilities, rail freight sidings, land acquisition for eligible airport development, land interests required for air approach and clear zone purpose, sidewalk/crosswalk safety improvements, bicycle lanes/route designation, in-fill development by assisting with traffic impact mitigation, develop local highways, highway noise and sound barriers, and bridges which will benefit state system and local economic development, greenways, etc.
2. A project related to streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement and pedestrian safety, including but not limited to: sidewalk connections, crosswalks, pedestrian and traffic signals, pedestrian signs, and lighting. Streetscape amenities, such as permanently affixed benches, planters or trashcans and trees, shrubs or mulch, may not exceed 10% of the total project cost.
3. A project improving connectivity or utilization of existing transportation assets, including but not limited to: coordinated transit services; bicycle/shared lane markings or bicycle parking at transit stops; improved signage; rail freight sidings; track rehabilitation or upgrades; obstruction removal to protect airport critical airspace; airport perimeter fencing; airport wildlife hazard assessments; development and improvement to airport facilities, such as runways, taxiways, aprons, lighting, public areas of terminal buildings, other building structures for airport operational use, access roads, and airport navigational facilities; development or improvement to an integrated transportation corridor in order to improve the productivity, efficiency and security of goods movement to and from PA ports; improvement to facilities and operations of ports, which may include maintenance dredging berths, last mile access, rail-on dock, pipelines to a port, vessel conversions or repowering from fossil fuels to natural gas; etc.
4. A project related to transportation aspects of transit-oriented development, which consists of development concentrated around and oriented to transit stations in a manner that promotes transit riding or passenger rail use. The term does not refer to a single real estate project, but represents a collection of projects, usually mixed use, at a neighborhood scale that are oriented to a transit node. Projects may include, but are not limited to: relocation of transit routes to serve densely populated areas, transit shelters, pedestrian improvements to/from transit stops, rail station development, etc.

Eligible costs:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142698

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grants are available for projects with a total cost of $100,000 or more.
- Grant requests shall not exceed $3,000,000 for any project. The CFA will consider grant requests over $3,000,000 for projects that will significantly impact the CFA’s goal to leverage private investment and create jobs in the commonwealth.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible Multimodal Transportation Fund projects, which commence construction after the approval date, must be owned and maintained by an eligible applicant, except in the case of a state-owned highway.

1. Municipality – Any county, city, borough, school district, incorporated town, township or home rule municipality or an authority of a municipality.
2. Councils of Governments – An entity organized by units of local government under an intergovernmental agreement, which provides cooperative planning, coordination and technical assistance to its member governments on issues of mutual concern that cross jurisdictional lines, and which does not act under the direction and control of any single member government.
3. Business – A corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, limited liability company, business trust, privately owned airports must be open to the public), or other commercial entity approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The term shall also include not-for-profit entities.
4. An Economic Development Organization – A nonprofit corporation or association whose purpose is the enhancement of economic conditions in their community.
5. Public Transportation Agency – A public transit agency, including but not limited to an airport authority, public airport, port authority, or similar public entity, created through the laws of this commonwealth, charged with the provision of transportation services to the traveling public, that owns and maintains or is authorized to own and maintain a physical plant, including rolling stock, stations, shelters, hangars, runways, maintenance and support facilities.
6. Ports - Rail / Freight – Railroad owner, railroad lessee/operator, railroad user and port terminal operators.

Ineligible project costs include, but are not limited to: fees for securing other financing, interest on borrowed funds, refinancing of existing debt, lobbying, fines, application preparation fees, security cameras except for those located in a transit center, such as a bus or train station,) parking lots or garages not associated with the development or expansion of transportation related assets such as rail stations, transit centers or airports, reparations and costs incurred prior to the approval of CFA funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be received between March 1st and July 31st of each year. All applications and required supplemental information must be electronically submitted by close of business on July 31st.

Financial assistance under the Multimodal Transportation Fund shall be matched by local funding in an amount not less than 30% of the non-federal share of the project costs. Matching funds from a county or municipality, shall only consist of cash contributions provided by one or more counties or municipalities. Liquid fuels tax, Act 13 impact fees, and other statutorily allocated fees/taxes paid directly to a county or municipality may be used as a local match. Matching funds from a government council, business, economic development organization, or other public transportation agency shall only consist of cash contributions or cash equivalents for the appraised value of the real estate necessary to construct an eligible project. If using the value of real estate as a cash equivalent, an appraisal not older than one year is required and must be provided with the application submission.

NOTE: The fiscal code enacted in 2017 provides that a municipality receiving financial assistance through the CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund may not be required to provide a local match. The term “municipality” shall mean a county, city, borough, incorporated town or township. This provision shall expire December 31, 2019.

The CFA charges a $100 non-refundable application fee for the submission of Multimodal Transportation Fund applications. The application fee is due at the time of application submission and is payable to the Commonwealth Financing Authority.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

For technical inquiries regarding the submission of the online application, contact the Customer Service Center at (800) 379-7448 or (717) 787-3405.

Hard copies should be mailed to:
PA Department of Community and Economic Development
Office of Business Financing – CFA Programs Division
Multimodal Transportation Fund
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225

P: (717) 787-6245
F: (717) 772-3581

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