Airport Improvement Program
Aviation is an integral part of Indiana's transportation infrastructure and is vital for business, agriculture, and tourism. The INDOT Office of Aviation assists Indiana airports with their pavement management plans and maintains a five-year rolling capital improvement forecast of projects and funding level requirements. This technical and planning support ensures that when eligible airports apply for grant funding through the federal Airport Improvement Program, the submitted projects represent the greatest statewide needs and the greatest economic impact. These federal grants are available for 65 federally recognized airports throughout the state. While the program is administered by the Federal Aviation Administration, INDOT provides a 5% state match through the Airport Development Fund.
Railroad Grade Crossing Fund
The Railroad Grade Crossing Fund (RRGCF) was established by the Indiana General Assembly to provide funding for passive highway-rail crossing improvement projects throughout Indiana. The INDOT Rail Office manages the RRGCF program as a cost reimbursement grant. Eligible recipients include LPAs as well as Class II and Class III Railroads and Port Authorities. This fund also includes the Crossing Closure Program. Crossing Closure applications are accepted throughout the year and can be submitted through the Grant Rail Project system via ITAP. The Crossing Closure Program is a one-time incentive payment grant administered by the Rail Programs Office. LPAs are eligible to apply for this incentive program in the same manner as the RRGCF.
Industrial Rail Service Fund
The Industrial Rail Service Fund was also established by the Indiana General Assembly to assist smaller railroads with infrastructure rehabilitation. Eligible railroads are Class II and III Freight Railroads and Railroad Port Authorities. The IRSF program is for the upgrade of the Class II & III railroad physical plant to help maintain and increase business shipping levels on the rail line, and also to assist with funding needed for track infrastructure improvements related to new business development on the line. Grants through the Industrial Rail Service Fund program can be used for the rehabilitation of railroad infrastructure or railroad construction. Railroads are limited to a grant award that does not exceed 75% of the total cost of the project. The railroad contribution may include funds from other State or Federal Agencies or entities. Internal railroad labor can go towards the railroad match of the grant and may not go towards the INDOT match. All material used for the IRSF project must be purchased within the grant term.
Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
This program is intended to enhance mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities by providing funds for programs to serve the special needs of transit-dependent populations beyond traditional public transportation services and Americans with Disabilities Act complementary paratransit services. Eligible recipients include local units of government or private non-profit organizations.
Rural Transit Program (Federal Section 5311)
This program was created to provide public transportation to people living in rural areas, defined as having a population of less than 50,000. Eligible applicants for Section 5311 funding include counties, cities, public transportation corporations, or regional transportation authorities. The applicant may either directly provide transit service or purchase service from an eligible provider. Federal Section 5311 grants are available to fund feasibility studies, operating costs, and capital projects related to rural transit. Section 5311(f) also funds capital, operating, planning, and marketing projects for intercity transportation projects. An intercity project is defined as public transit service with limited stops over fixed routes connecting two or more urban areas. Projects may also include the transportation of residents of non-urbanized areas to and from urbanized area